Letter to the Editor

Hourly wages need to be higher

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

To the editor:

Wages are so bad. They need to be at least $10 an hour, but employers resist wage increases with every trick they can think of and every ounce of strength they can summon.

I grew up hearing over and over that hard work was the secret of success, work hard and you'll get ahead or it's hard work that got us where we are. No one ever said you could work harder than you ever thought possible and still find yourself sinking deeper into poverty and debt.

Most people do not know that the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 makes it illegal to punish people for revealing their wages to one another, but the practice is likely to persist until rooted out by lawsuits.

Most of this was taken from the book "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. She has it right. We need to get her and Bill O'Reilly to help the working man. Cape Girardeau needs to get on the ball and pay more than $6 or $7 an hour if employers want people to live indoors.

WADINE G. SAVAGE, Cape Girardeau