To the Editor:
I recently read an article written by Al Lewis. He is a columnist in Denver, Colo. Recent demonstrations in Denver by workers are demanding McDonalds to pay the “living wage” of $15 an hour. McDonalds made a $5.5 billion profit last year.
They can easily pay that wage.
Businesses that cry “poor mouth” magically produce higher incomes for CEOs and large dividends for their investors. They should have the same enthusiasm for their workers’ income but “greed” prevents it. Why do you think unions came about? It’s time to free the economic slaves who toil at a minimum wage.
Revolution is in the wind all around the country. The minimum wage of $8 an hour does not even meet the basic needs. These hardworking people deserve at least part of the American Dream.
To quote Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Free at Last” speech, let’s add to that, “paid fairly at last, God almighty paid fairly at last.”
The living wage of $15 an hour will reduce welfare, reduce food stamp recipients, and it will reduce heating and utility users needing assistance. In case you haven’t got it, the changes will reduce taxes.
Let’s restore dignity in those willing to work. The increased income will stimulate the economy. Competition will keep prices from getting out of hand.
Elmer H. Gardner