Regarding the Page 18, May 6 Viewpoint, ``It's time to raise the minimum wage.'' If passed by Congress, the minimum wage will be $5.15 or $5.25. Why not $7? Why not $10? People are paid what they are worth. If a job demands skill, employers pay according to the market demand. If not, they either get no employees, or employees producing poor product because they are willing to work for a reduced wage.
People paid the minimum wage need to consider three options if they don't like the pay:
1. Ask for a raise.
2. Make yourself more valuable by returning to school and gaining more knowledge.
3. Or, seek another job earning more - it's a free country.
Before you call me cold and heartless, you know how the economy works. If labor costs go up, so will everything else eventually. A minimum-wage job is an entry-level job, to gain experience and learn responsibility.
This is an election-year ploy. The Democrats had the majority and the bully pulpit for two years and didn't even mention [minimum wage] once, and the Repub-licans are running scared, not wanting to look heartless. But it's not coming out of their pockets, so, hey, no problem!
I'm surprised to see Plastics News' take on such a nonissue. Please, get back to subjects of substance concerning plastics and stay out of politics.
Grand Rapids, Mich.