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Sun., Nov. 11, 2012

Salaries not justified

If a person is getting $100,000 a year working a set schedule, that comes out to roughly $48 an hour. With the Washington minimum wage at $9.04 an hour ($18,800 a year), how can anyone justify giving out 16 percent raise increases?

Minimum-wage employees are also overworked and underpaid, and most do not receive any medical or retirement benefits. Yet these same minimum-wage employees are the ones footing the bill for those who would be getting these raises.

With unemployment rates up, the higher wages should be frozen or cut in order to prevent employees from losing their jobs, not increased.

Rhonda Murray

Connell, Wash.

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