To The Daily Sun,
As the CEO of a software company that I founded in the 1980s, I know that one has to keep expenses under control to maintain profitability. Our biggest cost beyond overhead and equipment was labor, the men and women who actually produced our products. As the company grew so did the salaries of our employees. We also extended our benefits to include family health plans, retirement plans and free eye glasses.
As I look at today's business climate, I am appalled to see what has happened to the American worker. Wages have increase by just 5 percent in the years 1979 to 2012, despite productivity growth of nearly 75 pecent. These indisputable statistics illustrate that workers no longer share in rising labor productivity. In the light of even modest inflation, workers are generally working much harder and getting paid less. Computers, automation and increased employee work-load with the threat of moving jobs away, has left workers with little bargaining power. Never before, have people been so fearful to even ask for a raise. Another factor is the utilization of foreign manufacturing to produce our products.
In a healthy capital market, increases in productivity usually go hand in hand with increases in wages and salaries. Unfortunately, since 1979 corporate top executives and corporation shareholders are the only people who have enjoyed the benefits of higher productivity. Anyone who has money in the stock market has seen huge increases in corporate earnings. Ironically, did you ever notice that when a large company announces a layoff of thousands of people, its stock price goes up?
Look at the workers in McDonald's. They are working every minute and get very little time to rest. Most are no longer teenagers, but people with families to support. Many are paid the minimum of $7.20 an hour, which comes out to about $13,100 a year, before deductions.
Perhaps, you read this and say to yourself, "Who cares? No one I know wants to work at McDonald's"? The reason why you should care is that pay scales are like the animal food chain. The upper end relies on the lower end. Managers and senior employees in a company are affected by the salary of lower income employees. If the starting pay in your company is cut or frozen, the salary of higher paid workers will also be affected. If your salary is "too high" you could be eliminated.
Economists tell us that by 2020 nearly 42 percent of all jobs will be low-paying jobs. By refusing to raise the minimum wage, the Congress is facilitating this downward spiral.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:30
To The Daily Sun,
Cathy Merwin's September 14 letter to the editor left me puzzled as to her intent. Did she write to bury or to praise the late Honorable Robert Kingsbury?
One sentence read: "he sponsored a failed effort to tie future state legislatures to the Magna Carta". I thought that the document in question limited arbitrary authority which at the time was held by the king. Many of us would like to curb the arbitrary powers of our government which become ever more encompassing and expensive.
If Ms. Merwin thinks honoring the Magna Carta, a fount of individual liberty, a bad thing then it is she who is radical and not the late honorable representative.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
In response to Cathy Merwin's letter to the editor (http://laconiadailysun.com/index.php/opinion/letters/71502-cathy-merwin-9-13-216):
Cathy, you should really review your 3rd grade civics books. The attorney general doesn't determine guilt. They are a division of the executive branch of government and are entitled to their opinions as much as you are. You may recall, due process requires a charge, a trial, jury at demand, a verdict, and appeal at demand. All that said, no charge was ever brought against me by the attorney general because NO VIOLATION OCCURRED. If they thought they had a case, they would have invested the resources in a charge – but they did NOT!
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
I read with some skepticism Senator Andrew Hosmer's article in The Laconia Daily Sun this summer about cooperation and progress and how glad he was "to help get Concord back to working together on solving problems and moving the state forward again."
It was in stark contrast to just one week prior when he made comments that the Democrats returned "civility to the Statehouse and ended the war on education, the war on hospitals, the war on women, and the war on the disabled."
I would like to remind Sen. Hosmer of the facts and offer a suggestion to him. There never was a "war" in New Hampshire on education, hospitals, women, or the disabled. However, there was a "war" on an $800 million deficit that the Republicans faced after years of Democrats borrowing, over-estimating revenues, and spending. The Republicans ended "that war" in the last session by balancing the budget.
Republicans have put us back on course in New Hampshire with a Republican-led Senate budget that fought against Democrats' efforts to repeal business-friendly legislation, to impose tax and fee increases, and to offer inflated revenue estimates. The Republicans have demonstrated by actions, not rhetoric!
Republicans have held firmly to the principal of spending only what we could afford and still were able to fund bi-partisan priorities.
Senator Hosmer, I suggest that you replace your bi-partisan rhetoric with bi-partisan action. Your rhetoric does nothing to advance collaboration in Concord, but instead causes further division.
Alan Glassman, Chairman
Belknap County Republican Committee
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to inform Mr. Schwotzer that his assertion of my math was incorrect was true. I feel that his opinion that the increase in the national debt of two wars that were in full force when Pres. Obama took office was also incorrect. While I agree that it make no sense to bicker back and forth, re-read my last letter Mr. Schwotzer and answer, why is a civilian death more important than a military death, both in harms way,war or not?
Yes, I remember Sept. 11, 2001. I also know that 3,000+ died that day. I also know that thousands of American military personnel were killed, many thousands more wounded — some very seriously, with total disability. I read a little on the Beruit bombing in 1983, when 241 military were killed on a peace-keeping mission, no investigation. Pres. Reagan removed the rest four months later. We were not at war in Lebanon. Where was the scandal then, Mr. Schwotzer?
The problem the right wing nuts have is they feel the military are expendable, hardly ever will they be mentioned in a letter in The Sun. Your comment at the end of your letter was cute. I realize that I don't write with big words — cute statements — but I will say you talk the talk but you don't walk the walk.
In reference to Steve Earle's letter today, I will not indulge in any more comments to his letters.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:20