Mandatory living wage would save N.Y. headaches, cash

Sunday, June 2, 2013
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Mandatory living wage would save N.Y. headaches, cash

On May 19, I read Dorian T. Warren’s op-ed, “Gatsby vs McJobs,” with its discussion about a living wage.

A living wage — a wage that allows people to feed, clothe and warm their families without help from the government. A wage that allows people to participate in homeownership, perhaps. A wage that could build community pride and strength. After all, if you don’t have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, you could spend time with your family and participate in community events.

I know why companies fight this idea: Why pay a living wage when the companies have taxpayers to pick up the tab for workers who need additional assistance to survive? (Think WalMart.) And besides, the biggest companies have to have something to ship overseas to keep their tax-free accounts going!

Where is this discussion of “living wage” going? I think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, instead of eliminating state income tax for the workers of any company using his new “tax free” areas near college campuses, should instead mandate that they be paid a living wage.

As for the companies themselves, what good is it to the state to have them come here if they pay no taxes? We get to build them roads and sewers, like GlobalFoundries and WalMart. We get to battle them as they seek to lower the already-agreed-upon low tax rates. We do get what money their workers spend locally,

but localities get to build new schools to educate their children and lose open green areas to house them.

If the companies were required to give the workers a living wage, the state would get something back from their increased wages, and taxpayers might not have to pick up the tab for people who get only a minimum wage.

If you agree, call Andrew.

Janice Walz


Fly flag, take veterans’ tribute a step further

I wish to sing the praises of The Daily Gazette for the articles you ran regarding Memorial Day, and the services that were held by the many organizations — military, veteran and communities.

You ran many articles in the week before Memorial Day, with announcements about where services would be held, so the public would know.

The coverage — with articles, interviews and pictures — was what a “hometown” paper should do. You let the people know, and that always increases the number of citizens who come to honor veterans and active-duty service people.

If we could only get the citizens to follow up with respect to the American flag, that would make all the coverage worthwhile.

Recently, two stores ran ads for a flag set for the home for under $7. While traveling throughout the city, I noticed very few flags on display — other than the usual people who always fly the flag. It is such a small investment to show pride in America and those who died to protect our freedoms.

The next big holidays to display the flag will be Flag Day, June 14, and the Fourth of July — the birthday of America.

Why not show pride in America and display a flag?

Take pride in this great country and show our neighbors that you believe in American and are willing to let it be known.

James A. Wilson


Dole couldn’t have said it better about GOP

“GOP should be closed for repairs.” Those were the words of Bob Dole, former Republican presidential candidate and Senate leader [May 26].

The Republican house is a disgrace and led by the weakest Speaker of the House (the weeper) this country has ever seen. The party of “no” has become the party of obstructionism, wild goose chases (that they like to call investigations) and partisanship. They have recorded the highest number of filibusters ever during the Obama administration.

Now we have the warmonger, [Sen.] John McCain, visiting Syria in an attempt to get the United States directly involved in that conflict — which, of course, would lead to confrontation with Iran, which is McCain’s ultimate goal. Apparently McCain thinks that’s more important than staying home and working on a budget resolution that might improve our nation’s economy.

Never mind that we are still trillions of dollars in debt from the Bush wars. Never mind that the overwhelming majority of Americans are against our involvement in any conflict in that part of the world.

McCain, like the party he represents, has no interest in taking care of the people’s business. They have their own misguided agenda.

Chet Vanbumble


Media’s motto should be ‘too much, too early’

Thank you for Edward Wasserman’s great May 19 column [“Boston bombing coverage shows how media has gone wrong”].

If they [the media] had waited one minute to break in, the viewers would have known who won “The Price Is Right.” If they had waited 20 to 30 minutes, we would have had local news and weather.

There would have been two hours of regular programming in the afternoon while they waited that long for an expected report. Instead, we had lame chatter and wrong information.

You should print the addresses and telephone numbers of the three main TV stations so we can complain the next time they pull that stunt.

Olive Mae Mcclellan

South Glens Falls

Show Memorial Day parade on national TV

Am I the only one wondering why the national Memorial Day parade was not televised on the big networks?

They televise the Emmy Awards and the Oscars, but not the Memorial Day parade.

I wonder why we feel that award shows are more important than saying “thank you” to our servicemen and women for their bravery, for putting their lives at risk for our freedom. I think the least we can do is say “thank you” to them, to let them know we appreciate their service, and for sacrificing not only time with family but their lives. Shameful is the only word that comes to mind.

Thank you to all who serve — past and present.

Michelle Pierce


Graphic antismoking ads take wrong approach

Am I the only person who is totally disgusted by the hazards of smoking ads that are shown on TV during mealtime?

I am a nonsmoker and do not in any way condone the habit. I find it very disconcerting to watch those poor souls gag, gasp, and vomit. I can’t imagine that these ads would encourage a smoker to stop.

I am overweight, and the sight of obese people keeling over on their pizza would only encourage me to turn the channel.

Lois Mills


Cuomo’s tax-free zones a bad idea for the state

I would hope the Legislature would put on hold Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to offer new industries — including employees — freedom from taxes [May 27 Gazette].

In the meantime, to make New York state more appealing to industry, lawmakers could review present laws, restrictions and taxes, which now discourage industry from moving in or just remaining here.

David Childs


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June 2, 2013
4:32 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Can't wait for the responses to Walz and Vanbumble. Appreciate your words.

June 2, 2013
7:07 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Janice Walz if you did some actual research you would see that not only has Wal Mart committed to hiring 100,000 Vets you would alsuo see that their average salary is over $43,000 per year.

Funny janesjoy wants to use RINO's (Republicans in name only) like Bob "on the public" Dole and John {McSame) McCain who are more liberal Democrat than Republican. Although janesjoys is stuck in her fantasy world where she believes that there is much difference between Republicans and Democrats. I vote conservative as both of the other parties will destroy America as they are filled with actual communists and self serving egomaniacs. The only hope for America at this stage of the game is "TERM LIMITS" without them we will continue to spiral down. Every day we are losing more freedoms, paying more tax, losing more control of our own lives and our children's lives while paying almost 70% of our earnings to the government in taxes and fees.

June 2, 2013
7:14 a.m.
muggy says...

"A living wage — a wage that allows people to feed, clothe and warm their families without help from the government."

That sounds so nice. Meanwhile, it takes the jackboot enforcers in government to place their collective boots on the throat of private enterprise to enforce your so-called "living wage." This idea will EXPAND government, not reduce it. And what would you propose for a "living wage?" $15/hr? $20/hr? $50/hr?

These things are arbitrary. The amounts are decided by people who are very distant from the process; with no concept of a business's cost/price structure. These are socialist ideals.

What's wrong with the invisible hand of capitalism, deciding between two willing parties, the appropriate price for a given product? The buyer feels it better to part with his money for a product, while the seller feels the money is a better deal for his business.

I'm talking about LIBERTY. This concept is anathema to people like you who support a "living wage."

June 2, 2013
8:11 a.m.
janesjoys says...

wmarincic - Thank you for always translating my words in ways that I never seen to be able to express by myself! You have great insight into my thoughts. What is is I want to use RINOs for?

June 2, 2013
12:19 p.m.
ChuckD says...

muggy - "That sounds so nice"
Why is it that it sounds like you hate those not as fortunate as perhaps you are? These are your fellow Americans (I'm assuming you are too). That kind of condescension reeks of unamerican. I guess you're not aware of that?
The knee-jerk response to this kind of criticism is to say you "love" the less fortunate and want them to work hard to pick themselves up, which is laughable in it's simplicity. As if all the less fortunate were just not working hard enough. In fact the vast, vast majority are actively looking for work, or have issues that legitimately affect how employable they are. Our society will be judged by how we treat the less fortunate among us. Does that matter to you?
The second myth you seem to express is that the "invisible hand of capitalism" will somehow make us all a balanced prosperous society. Of course to believe that is to completely deny the reality of the finance industry's deregulation (and I agree that Clinton had much to do with that so please don't try to cloud the issue with that worn-out noise).
What continues to shock me is the common thread running through yours and others with this now all-too-predictable reaction, is one of greed and the 'I got mine', walled community attitude. And right now America really needs to have the business community's participation. Put in Capitalist terms, we need to get more people spending money buying the widgets. Otherwise it's just another government welfare program to keep giving handouts to business.

June 2, 2013
1:56 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Unfortunately there must have been a glitch when I sent the message this morning as what I wrote was jumbled. Janesjoys, Dole is a Rhino so what he says has no meaning, I'm a conservative. The repubs and dems are cut from the same cloth now days and both are anti American and in some cases actual communists. The only thing that will save us is Term Limits.

June 2, 2013
4:58 p.m.
gina99 says...

A "living wage" means no job for thousands trying to find a first position and more corporate flight from tax hell NYS. What about the worst President in history Vanbumble? And no call for the removal of the worst Speaker in Assembly history from you or the paper? It's funny to hear the nonsense attacks on the House of Representatives who are keeping a demigod in check. Wish we had some local checks and balances on local Democratic pork barrel spending.

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