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Letter: Thoughts on homelessness and minimum wage issues

The homeless and min. wage

First, I’m not talking about folks who are homeless through no fault of their own. I’m addressing the “professional homeless” (yes, there are such people). Occupy Roseburg: Does anyone believe they are speaking for the rest of us? After observing the Occupiers around the country over the years, their views mean nothing to me. I wasn’t surprised that their leader said she hopes the council is as “forward thinking” as other cities, such as Eugene (you know, that liberal haven up north of us).

I wonder if anyone, especially the council, is paying attention to what’s going on up there with the homeless camps — putting them anywhere they want to, plus the bad sanitary conditions. Do you think the same thing couldn’t happen here? One gentleman said it best. His suggestion was for Occupy Roseburg members to open their properties to the homeless. It sounds right to me. It’s too bad these forward thinking folks live in such a backward place as Roseburg.

The fast food workers protesting is another joke: $15 an hour for flipping burgers? I see the Service Employees International Union is helping the protesters in their demand for higher wages. Could it be that the SEIU is hoping to unionize all these workers? After all, in 1983, 20 percent of wage/salary workers were union members. The number has dropped nearly every year since then to an all-time low of 11.3 percent in 2012. By the way, a McDonald’s in North Dakota starts workers at $15 per hour, with a $300 signing bonus. Why? The abundance of jobs because of the (evil) oil boom. And with Obama’s amnesty farce, do you think flooding the job market with 11 million low-skilled workers will increase wages? That’s just more phoney baloney.

Jim Nikirk

Oakland


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