Letters to the Editor

Living wage

Regarding a Feb. 19 letter called “Disincentivizing work,” I’m assuming most people want a solution to poverty and don’t want anyone to go to bed hungry.

More than two-thirds of food stamp recipients are children, senior citizens or disabled adults. Others on food stamps frequently are stereotyped as “lazy freeloaders” who don’t work enough hours, resulting in dependency supported with my taxes.

The majority of those able to work and on food stamps work more than 40 hours a week, sometimes two or more part-time jobs with no benefits just to survive. Couples’ combined salaries based on the current minimum wage do not lift them from poverty.

The main objection to raising the minimum wage to a living wage is price increases, thus blocking folks from purchasing higher-priced items.

Another solution: Raise the minimum wage to a living wage, leave the prices as they are, and reduce corporate profits, executive compensations and shareholder returns.

Hunger is a public health crisis and, according to my Christian values, a national moral issue. History shows that poverty and hunger are also a national security crisis.

— Rita Cotterly, Fort Worth