Your View: Minimum wage is just another tax to pay

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 02:37 AM

President Obama really must believe that the American public cannot think for themselves. He wants to raise the minimum wage up to $9 an hour, and this raise is nothing more than a tax increase with a different name. Here are some reasons why this plan should be rejected:
• First of all, it is not government’s business to set salary amounts for private business.
• Second, studies have shown that as the forced minimum wage is raised, the drive for further education is lower; why work hard and excel when your salary is guaranteed?
• Third, when the forced minimum wage is raised, businesses naturally raise the price of their products to compensate. Minimum wages, then, becomes a tax on the consumer.
• Fourth, studies have shown that the high school dropout rate increases as young people are guaranteed a certain income level-again, the drive to excel is diminished.
• Finally, if we want to increase the unemployment rate, let’s continue to increase the minimum wage. Many businesses will simple lay off employees rather than raise their prices in order to stay competitive.
My question is this: Why in the world can’t more of our “qualified” leaders understand these basic consequences of raising the minimum wage? Only one answer is feasible: Obama promotes this as a way to discredit the conservative Republicans and to divide America.
SID STEWART
Trinity

Committed citizens get Penn-Griffin new harp
In December, at the Kiwanis meeting luncheon, the High Point Community Foundation Grants were presented.  Prior to the luncheon, attendees were treated to beautiful harp music, provided by Mike Connors and his wonderfully talented harp class from Penn-Griffin School of the Arts.
Before the start of the presentations, Vicki Miller was at our table discussing the needs of our schools in High Point that the school budget does not provide for.  One of the needs mentioned was a concert harp for Penn-Griffin, as the practice harps they currently learn on do not have  pedals. We also learned a very deserving student was turned away from Governor’s School last year, as she couldn’t play a harp with pedals. Doug Witcher inquired from Miller the cost of a concert harp.
When Miller left our table, Witcher reasoned that if a group of people would commit to buying a harp for Penn-Griffin, it would not present a particular hardship for any one person, and challenged each of the attendees at our table to match his donation.  Then he asked that his challenge gift be taken out into the community, to be matched by others.
With great pleasure last week, I was at Penn-Griffin for Witcher’s presentation of a check to Connors and his harp class.  Fourteen citizens of High Point joined together to make a concert harp a reality for Penn-Griffin!
What a wonderful way to begin a day! Our city is so blessed! We are so fortunate to have a gem like Penn-Griffin in our community, and compassionate citizens who strive to give the tools required for our students to succeed!
CANDY FENN
High Point


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High Point officials are considering the possibility of returning City Council terms to four years instead of the current two years. Should term lengths be changed? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com. Here is one response:
• Two years? Four years?  What difference does it make when you elect the same people over and over. We need term limits.

N.C. Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, introduced a bill to set up a new version of the payday lending practice. Is such a program beneficial? Is such a program risky for participants? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com.

Guilford County Schools has created a task force to examine school security in response to the Newtown, Conn., shootings. What suggestions do you offer? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com.