Eking out a living

Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 11:50 p.m.
As a mother of three children, I have compassion for my fellow human beings who are stuck in minimum wage jobs barely eking out a living. Someone in society has to do these jobs, and having done these jobs in the past, I know they are not particularly rewarding.
Some of these minimum wage workers have young families to support and find themselves homeless and dependent on the Interfaith Hospitality Network to provide food and shelter simply because they cannot make enough money to pay their bills.
A full-time minimum wage worker earns just $10,712 a year, less than half the poverty rate for a family of four. Raising the minimum wage would help approximately 13 million wage earners and their families.
The minimum wage has not been raised for 10 years. The U.S. must set an example for the rest of the world and treat human beings with dignity, beginning in our own country, by paying a decent minimum wage as a starting point to ridding the world of poverty and desperation which is linked with terrorism, as President Bush himself has acknowledged in the past.

Marie Hemming,


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