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WHITE BEAR LAKE
Maybe people shouldn’t water the pavement?
It is hard to believe there is a problem with water supply in White Bear Lake (“Saving White Bear Lake,” Aug. 31) when one can travel any given street, as I did Saturday after noon, and find sprinklers going full blast, well before the allotted time for sprinkling, which is after 5 p.m. and before 10 a.m. Most of the time the precious water is flung into the street to be lost in the sewers.
Dry as the area is now, watering does little good. It seems to me these illegal users should be fined or at least given a serious lecture on the need for conservation at all times and most particularly now when we need to take care of our water supply.
VIRGINIA MACKAY, White Bear Lake
There’s theory, and then there’s economic reality
I agree with economist Michael McIlhon that good economic policy should do more than one thing (“Raise wages? Actually not so helpful,” Sept. 8). Increasing the minimum wage will indeed do more than one thing:
1) It will raise a certain number of working families out of poverty.
2) It will reduce government spending to the extent that taxpayers subsidize minimum-wage working families with government benefits.
3) It will result in more money flowing into local small business. Low-income families spend their additional income locally, on food and services. Although I cannot match Mr. McIlhon’s expertise as an economist, I do have some experience as owner and operator of several companies in Wright County. I can say with confidence that if a small business is asked to choose between lower taxes, lower labor costs or new customers, it will choose new customers — every time.
JOHN DEITERING, Buffalo
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I comment on the minimum wage as a retired restaurant manager. If I had wished to pay my employees a living wage, I had to compete with the store down the street that did not. Many people would eat there to save 5 cents on their burgers. This makes a fair minimum wage the only practical way to help the working poor. It is not anticompetitive; it is a level playing field.
DAVID NEWVILLE, Coon Rapids
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