Restaurant owners should be more honorable, but you do have options.
Thanks to Jon Tevlin for pointing out that Blue Plate Co. plans to circumvent the new minimum-wage law by passing along credit card fees to its servers when a card is used to pay tips (“At minimum, restaurants should pay the 2 percent fee,” Aug. 6). This appalling practice seems to be borderline illegal as well as being incredibly cheap, not to mention damaging to Blue Plate’s low-wage employees. That Stillwater’s River Oasis restaurant would add a “minimum wage fee” to diners’ checks is equally appalling. The minimum-wage is the law of the state. It should be honored by the business community in spirit and in practice. Consumers should definitely express their concerns to these business magnates.
William O. Beeman, Minneapolis
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I don’t know exactly why I started doing this, but for many years when I pay at a restaurant with a credit card, which is almost always, I generally leave the tip in cash. I think it may have been just because I like to know the server has the tip in his or her pocket. So, that would eliminate the restaurant taking the 2 percent.
Lynne Johnston, Brooklyn Center
Don’t doubt my distaste for taxes
One of my Republican opponents for governor has once again gone on the attack in the Star Tribune, alleging that I would raise taxes if elected governor (“Minnesotans deserve better after massive tax increases,” Aug. 6). It’s a ridiculous assertion, particularly since I have never voted to raise any tax in my six years in the Minnesota House or my five years on the Hennepin County Board, and since I have a stronger score with the Taxpayers League of Minnesota than any other Republican in this race. I have made it crystal-clear: Minnesota spends too much and taxes too much. I will veto any tax increase proposal as governor and will work tirelessly to make taxes lower in this state.
As the front-runner in the race, I’m not surprised that my Republican opponents have decided to go after me aggressively in these closing weeks of the campaign, but I am disappointed by their willingness to distort my positions.
My race for governor isn’t about running against other Republicans — it’s about presenting a positive, forward-thinking agenda for Minnesota in the decade ahead. That is the campaign I will continue to wage.
Jeff Johnson, Plymouth
The writer is a Republican candidate for governor.
Why would we change what’s working?
Whether in business or politics, there is no good reason to remove a person who is doing a good job. And the truth is that Phyllis Kahn has done an excellent job for the East African community in Minneapolis as state representative.
Kahn has represented our area forcefully and well for years. Earlier this year, she obtained state bond funds to redesign the Brian Coyle Community Center in Cedar-Riverside to better address the needs of our seniors and children, who deserve more recreational and educational opportunities. She also passed legislation to help East African day care center owners who faced a severe law that would have greatly hurt our families. Phyllis could do these things because she has the seniority, the power and the respect of her colleagues to get things done.
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