Letters to the editor

  • Friday, June 27, 2014

Already Forgotten

Dear Editor,

It is a shame when our home town paper, The Summerville Journal Scene, has already forgotten our Charleston Nine. The Charleston Nine was replaced with a Piggly Wiggly warehouse sale scene.

I called your office, identified myself and assured you the information was valued and I thought was newsworthy.

I stated at the Wescott baseball field they were going to have a ceremony honoring the Charleston Nine.

Several of the Charleston Nine have had connections with Summerville and Pine Ridge fire department, but no response was your paper there.

My subscription is up in October. I guess I will forget to renew it.

Yours truly,

Lars F. Knoked

Increase the Minimum Wage

Dear Editor,

One of the big economic and social issues facing our state and nation is related to raising the minimum wage. Some folks on both sides of the political aisle feel this would have serious ramifications for small business owners.

By increasing the minimum wage we increase the purchasing power of workers who would put their extra earnings back into the economy by buying those needed essentials many of us take for granted. You would increase worker morale and reduce absenteeism and when workers feel valued, appreciated, and properly compensated they are more productive and the customers they serve are more satisfied.

We have a group of politicians who look with disfavor on the poor and especially those who work for a minimum wage. Many Americans are working more than one minimum wage job just to buy the basic essentials for their families. No one who works for a living should be poor. Hard work should be rewarded by proper compensation.

Today in America we are destroying the middle class by replacing it with the struggling class. We have the biggest gap in income inequality since the Great Depression and have CEO’s who make between 300 to 350 times more than the average worker.

Greed and the new trinity of I, me and mine have replaced what is best for the common good.

I was always taught by my dad, who was a paper mill executive that all work has dignity and mangers and business owners are only as good as the folks who make a daily profit for them.

I often hear some of my conservative friends ask—“What would Jesus do?” I think most of us would agree he would raise the minimum wage, share the wealth and reduce the exorbitant salaries paid to top executives. By the way, he did run the money changers out of the temple.

Brooks P. Moore

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