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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 , ~:,,~;~~ :::~ ~t~ :~i~ ~!~,~i!~ii ~ ~,:~: ~ ........ ~,~ ~i; LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Taxes an issue; don't boost minimum wage Editor, the Journal This is in response to a letter in the Oct. 23 Mason County Journal. The writer states that most women cannot afford to stay home. That is true, but it's largely due to taxes. Most of us pay 40 percent to 50 per- cent of our incomes in vari- ous forms of taxes, including income tax, sales tax, use tax, business and occupation tax, property tax, gas tax, phone tax, utility tax, and on and on and on. One-half of an average fam- ily's income goes directly to government in the form of tax- es - either Morn or else Dad is working entirely for the government. It's little wonder that Morn (or Dad) can't afford to stay home. This country had no per- Jo l Letter Policy manent income tax prior to , drop it damage than they cure. The vast majority (90 per- cent) of American and Cana- dian economists agree that minimum-wage laws result in higher unemployment among young people. If we mandate that these jobs pay a "living wage," we put a number of these busi- nesses out of business, force the firing or laying off of work- ers, and young people who cannot get their first jobs. Min- imum-wage laws make not the slightest economic sense, but they sound good. Yet the clamor for higher minimum wages is getting so loud that it must be right, right? Think back to high school How many were taught basic economics? Nope, we weren't even taught how to balance our checking ac- counts. The bottom line is that hu- man beings always do better when given the freedom to make their own choices. Bruce Finlay Shelton 1913. We were promised it would only be taxed to the very wealthiest Americans, and we were promised it would never go above 1 per- cent of income. Look at where we are now. Second, the writer com- plains that some candidates are against higher minimum wages. But not one in a million voters (or legislators) un- derstands the real effects of minimum-wage laws. With a higher minimum wage, some workers will indeed enjoy higher pay. But others will lose their jobs or have their hours cut or will never get hired in the first place; these people will be hurt by a higher minimum wage. If employers are required by law to pay more in wages, they have two choices: (1) cut costs or (2) charge more. Some businesses can- not raise their prices without losing customers, and none will accept lower profits with- out finding a way to remedy that problem. For those businesses that can raise prices, their custom- ers have to pay more to get the same value. So while some benefit from a higher minimum wage, many, many others are harmed. There is no such thing as a free lunch in economics. Poke part of the beast, a different part reacts. And here's a fact that no one seems to remember: our nation's first federal minimum- wage laws were enacted at the request of Northern union contractors to prevent competi- tion from Southern minority contractors. That's right, the first min- imum-wage law was racist in effect and designed to benefit Northern union contractors- not workers. Higher minimum-wage laws benefit union employers by lessening competition from non-umon employers, who now have to pay a wage rate closer to that of union employ- ers. A more direct way to achieve this result would be to require that all employers be unionized, which I realize some people advocate for. But you simply cannot interfere with the inner work- ings of a market without cauSing negative, unintended consequences that cause more wh h or Incident over political sign not surprising Editor, the Journal I am responding to the Ma- son County Journal letter to the editor by Larry King titled "Campaign signs matter of free speech." King's letter, for one thing, points out that our dear Sen. and Commissioner Tim Shel- don is capable of human reac- tions just like regular folk -- the angry shouting he vented on Mr. King. Several cycles back, I re- ceived a survey and request for campaign funds. It came accompanied with his usual campaign prop photo depicting him as one of us greasy, rain- coat-wearing logger types. I filled out the survey.in- dicating I didn't really agree with his "tough choices," but being a generous person, I Scotch-taped two pennies on the form in the pledge section. A couple of evenings later, he phoned me at home right at dinnertime. He started yell- ing, and the longer he talked, the louder and more angry he sounded. He finally said, "Winne, you're one hell of an economist!" and slammed the phone down. I got to say one word, "Hello." Behind that big, won- derful smile are other human frailties. Charles L. Winne Hoodsport Vandals who destroy signs denying rights Editor, the Journal This is an open letter to those persons who have defaced, knocked down or removed political signs dur- ing this recent and ongoing campaign. It is odd to me that those of you who destroy the signs or posters of those who are run- ning against your candidate think you are doing them a favor. Whether you are a vandal, overzealous or just a common thug, you are deny- ing those who put the signs up the most basic of our rights, the First Amendment. Perhaps you have heard of it; it's called freedom of speech. It is the First Amend- ment for a reason, because without it, you have nothing. All the other amendments -- from the popular Second Amendment and M1 freedoms we as Americans, Republican or Democrat, cherish -- can- not endure without the First Amendment. Your acts of vandalism are tearing away the founda- tion of our rights worse than any other act of terrorism and with a more profound effect. For example, it is voter suppression. This campaign season is quickly coming to an end, but you candidates for political office can still stand up and speak out. Unless you condone this be- havior, tell your supporters to step weakening our freedom of speech. Fred Seminara Union see LETTERS, page A-5 Mason County USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Joumal, Re. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: Re. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Tek ohone (360) 426-4412 Websito: 'mmU~mmcounty.com Periodicals po~ paid at Shelton, Washington The Mason County Journal is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 p~ar i~ ~tm ~ of C, mm~ m~l ~1 peryeer out ofm~e. 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