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Raising minimum wage might be most politically viable option

To The Daily Sun,

Why raise the minimum wage? Conservatives argue that when we raise the price of a commodity, less of it will be purchased — supply and demand — and jobs will be lost. Economists are conflicted about whether that's true and how large that effect might be, if it is true. An employer might not cut any jobs if, for example, it is already at a minimum staffing level. Many liberals simply argue that it's the right thing to do. However, maybe that shouldn't be the end of the analysis.

Twenty-five years ago, the majority of those earning the minimum wage were teenagers and others supplementing family income. Today, the story is different. According to Ben Casselman, of the website fivethrityeight.com which does such a good job predicting political races and analyzing sports by the numbers, about half of those earning less than President Obama's proposed minimum of $10.10 are struggling to support themselves and their families.

That number has doubled since 1990. Some conservatives suggest that these people have character flaws that lead to their poor financial condition. But that's a large number of people, and they are working. Despite their efforts, they are poor. Living in poverty is not good for children. For example, a report out of Princeton University suggested a strong correlation between low income and low measures of children's health, intelligence, and academic success regardless of parental characteristics.

Maybe we should ask ourselves if raising the minimum wage is a good thing for our society. How many jobs will be lost? Will it hurt small business owners? How much will those struggling low wage workers benefit? Will their children benefit in the long run. Will we pay less for supplemental educational services and crime control? Is this a way to stimulate demand since that money will most likely be spent not saved and help keep the economy growing?

Some have suggested that raising the minimum wage isn't the best way to attack the problem of poverty among the working poor but we also have to do the political calculus. If we decide it's a good idea to help them, what will pass? Raising the minimum wage might be the most politically viable option. While we are thinking about that, let's not have an emotional or superficial debate about raising the minimum wage. Let's look at what is good for society now and in the long run.

Dave Pollak
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:45

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A pleasant outing by 3 senior ladies turned very special. Thanks!

To The Daily Sun,

Many thanks to the nice couple who paid for our breakfast at Nothin' Fancy on Sunday morning. A pleasant outing by three senior ladies was made really special by your random act of kindness. We will pass it along in the near future. Thanks again.

Marilyn Pierce

Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:38

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Japanese people were adamant about fighting to the last person

To The Daily Sun,

A letter was printed in the Saturday, Aug. 15, paper by a gentleman who claimed to correct many errors/reasons about the long-planned ground invasion of Japan before the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While Japan was indeed a defeated nation and was no longer a threat in the Pacific, the gentleman appears to have no direct contact with the thousands of troops on the Pacific islands or on ships headed for the ground invasion in Japan.

Even though the nation was defeated, the Japanese people were adamant about fighting to the last person, dead by battle or suicide.

The quarter million, plus or minus thousands, of Japanese killed by the A-bombs saved 2 million or more Allied and Japanese lives that otherwise would have been lost. These are the facts I have learned as a result of serving in the armed forces and living in the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton. The bombings were what we realize were necessary evils to end World War II and save millions of lives.

Bill Berthold

Tilton

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 10:14

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I hope Trump does take the country back & brings God with him

To The Daily Sun,

Well New Hampshire, how do you like Donald Trump now? He speaks what all of us are saying and feeling. While the rest B.S. us until they get elected.

Where are all the promises the Republicans said they were going to do? They did nothing. So he is saying it like it is and needs no donations from anyone. He has his own money and does not have to owe favors to anyone. That's what I call shaking up the apple cart. He is waking up both sides. That is why he drawing so many crowds.

Who wants Bernie Sanders? He is nothing but a communist, another Obama. Have we not had enough of that? Now Iran is going to do their own inspections? How crazy is that? Are they kidding?

Nasty Hillary should be in jail. She should not be running for anything. I just hope you can see all the handwriting on the wall.

I hope (Trump) does take the country back and put God, yes, I said God back into our lives. I am sick of the crazy liberals. They are one of the reasons this country is going down the tubes. All I have to say to them is, wake up.

God bless America.

Anna DeRose
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 10:01

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So, the phrase 'anchor baby' is said by some to be offensive

To The Daily Sun,

My, my they're at it again. Liberals I mean, trying to censor and selectively-restrict free speech. The latest thing is trying to make the term "anchor baby" a no-no. It's what always happens when they are losing public opinion on any issue, either that or name-calling.

Supposedly the anchor baby term is offensive. Really? To whom? Well to them, because it strikes right at the issue of illegal immigration. It's a simple, accurately descriptive two word phrase that conveys clear meaning to people. Heck, last thing liberals want is clarity on anything. After all they spend most of their time trying to hide behind lies and double talk.

Remember back several months when they tried to make the word Chicago a "racist" term? I do. I'll bet most honest readers can add a couple dozen other "unacceptable" terms or words they tried to erase from our rights of free speech like, oh yea, America/American. What a bunch of hypocrites, I've noticed they want anchor baby called just babies but refuse to recognize an unborn fully-formed human child a baby. I've noticed another thing, people are getting fed up with this "political correctness" bullying from the left.

Now, how about that Hillary playing dumb when asked if she had her servers wiped before turning them over to the FBI? Her answer, you mean with a cloth or something? Oh very cute Hillary, and really just shows how much contempt she has for truth and honesty not to mention transparency.

Steve Earle
Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 09:57

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