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August 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM
Columnist is cynical
Rarely does Paul Krugman compliment any businessman or company for its success. [“Column: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer and the decline of e-empires,” Opinion, Aug. 27.]
Microsoft was under brutal attack by the Justice Department only a couple of years ago. The result was the competitive forces of the mainly free marketplace leveled things out.
Krugman seems blind to the invisible hand of competition. He does not make the observation that the marketplace of free enterprise works to everyone’s benefit without the ever-meddling hand of big government.
It would be much more fun to have a beer with an optimist like Steve Ballmer than a cynic like Krugman.
Frederic Weiss, Seattle
July 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM
Wage gap grows
Froma Harrop addressed the abuse of minimum-wage labor in this country and the use of the immigration bill in Congress to aid in its continuation. [“Column: A steady supply of cheap labor is nobody’s right,” Opinion, July 27.]
However, the problem extends well beyond the minimum-wage group. Boeing and Microsoft are leaders in trying to expand the visa program so they can import lower-wage skilled workers (computer folks) from foreign nations.
Congress recently increased the pilot-retirement age by five years, claiming there was about to be a shortage of pilots, while there were many pilots in layoff status.
I know of two youngsters who borrowed more than $100,000 to complete college-aviation programs, only to discover they could not pay off the loans if they were to enter the industry with our regional airlines paying less than $25,000 salaries.
Congress continues to pass laws that have the wages of most people falling behind inflation, while the top few percent continue with large salary increases. The wage gap continues to expand to the detriment of our country as the majority allows sideline issues to dominate.
Dan Shields, Auburn
March 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Maintain rail link
Lance Dickie’s Friday column provides a look at long-range thinking versus short-term thinking [“Putting the pedal to the metal,” Opinion, March 15].
The Eastside Trailways Alliance is thinking long range, as BNSF and Sound Transit should have done. Kirkland’s city manager needs to wise up and realize the value of leaving the tracks in place, rather than wasting considerable time and material ripping out a piece of the existing Eastside rail corridor and thereby throwing away the Bellevue to Snohomish rail link. Think about the possibilities for commuters who live in the North King and South Snohomish suburbs and work at Microsoft or Google!
–Peter Hawley, Covington
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