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Entitled to cheap labor?

Compensating an employee more than he pays himself is admirable, but Scott Cooney (July 10) is wrong to blame workers for a sense of entitlement. Although I’ve never made as much as $3,000 a month, I know that luck, good health and a support system are necessary for anyone to provide for a family on that, never mind $11 an hour.

I’m offended by “job creators” who feel fully entitled to tax breaks, perquisites and subsidies, full insurance and reliable low-wage workers, and then are disgusted by employees who want a living wage. I have no such contempt for Cooney, but I do feel that if he can’t afford to pay a living wage and still make a profit, he might want to give up dreaming of the old days and consider a different line of work.

Rusty Nelson

Rockford



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