Minimum wage reality

01/25/2014 12:00 AM

01/24/2014 7:46 PM

When I last worked for minimum wage, I received the princely sum of $1.25 an hour. The current minimum is $7.25 or 5.8 times what I was paid. Based upon my own totally unscientific analysis, I have to conclude that I was much better off in 1971 than I would be now.

My personal livability scale is based on two simple measurements: beer and gasoline. In 1970 I could purchase five draft beers at almost any bar in town, or could purchase five gallons of gasoline at the “cheap” station. In order to live in the same grand style I did then, my minimum wage would need to be about $15 an hour.

I now own a small business that has created six full-time jobs, with plans to hire at least two more this year. We pay a minimum of $10/hour for temporary day labor and $12/hour or better to our full-time people. Even with this terrible burden, my wife and I are in the top 2 percent of taxpayers.

If you cannot afford to pay more than $7.25/hour, you need new management, not cheaper labor.

— Richard Snyder, Fort Worth

Submit a Letter or Cheer/Jeer

Verification: Letters must include author's full name, address and day and home phone numbers for verification purposes only.

Frequency: Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days.

Content: Suggested letter length is 200 words or less. Please limit your Cheer or Jeer to 50 words or less.

Items may be edited. All submissions to the Star-Telegram will become the property of the Star-Telegram.

Questions: Call 817-390-7830 or contact Mike Norman, Editorial Page Director​ at mnorman@star-telegram.com​

Submit here

Join the Discussion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQ | Terms of Service