- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)13
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Hourly wages need to be higher
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