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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Mandela

I will never understand President Mandela’s silence on human rights violations in Cuba. It is true that the Castro regime, in various ways, provided support to end apartheid. Perhaps this “debt” prevented Mandela from publicly condemning what he surely knew was and is wrong in that imprisoned island. Mandela was inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document stepped on by the Cuban government.

Online user Osvaldo Francisco Díaz-Duque

Re: Iowa City community members participate in a nationwide one-day strike

These jobs are not and have never been intended to be career positions. You enter the workforce, learn to work, and move on in these jobs. Look at all of the youth and young adults who have started in fast food and have moved on. Increase to $15, and you will see far more restaurants automating to the point that they will have half the workers they currently have. Simply because some people lack the skills or fortitude to seek better and do better for themselves is not justification for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour. If you don’t like what you are doing, go someplace else, do something different, or do something to improve your opportunity. A majority of these “career” folks have been required to go to work in order to receive federal and state benefits, and are simply looking for another form of handout.

In addition, unions are losing membership and need to expand their influence in order to keep any relevance and to keep the dues rolling in for their political agendas. With skilled labor jobs fleeing to the business friendly South, unions need to find more workers and organize more unions in other industries.

Dave Thoensen

Analysis of previous minimum wage increases has shown that there wasn’t loss of employment. In addition, simple math proves the current minimum wage has less buying power. It has been documented that more older people are now working at the minimum wage, especially after the Bush Great Recession, which resulted in 8.8 million people losing jobs. Finally, there is nothing wrong with unions supporting a minimum-wage increase, given their role in historically improving conditions for workers such as the 40-hour workweek, elimination of child labor, safety and benefits for employees.

Kenneth Moore


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