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Lawrence Wichlinski, Northfield
SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES
Two words about blue law: Lost business
My wife and her family have been spending Christmas vacation on the Gunflint Trail for more than a decade. We spend a night in the Twin Cities on our drive north from Missouri and Kansas. The following day we head to the Gunflint Trail. A long time ago, we discovered Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth. It became an annual tradition to stop for lunch or, at a minimum, pick up a couple of growlers of delicious Fitger’s brew.
Two years ago, our trip through Duluth fell on a Sunday. I attempted to fill a growler, only to be denied by an archaic law. It was so disappointing for a craft beer fan like myself. We realized we would face the same situation on our return trip the following Sunday. We drove straight through Duluth. Didn’t spend a dime on anything in that city. We ended up grabbing lunch at a chain fast-food joint south of Duluth. No local Minnesota restaurant received our patronage.
How many other people experience this? I don’t know. Isn’t one lost sale too many?
Seth Trotter, Columbia, Mo.
Raise it slowly? That’s easy for you to say
I strongly disagree with the Star Tribune’s March 6 editorial (“Don’t rush to create a $9.50 wage floor.”) Wait until 2017 to totally phase in a minimum-wage hike? The people who’d benefit, largely service workers, can’t wait a year for a lowly buck an hour to be added to their paychecks. Who’s going to put food on the table and pay the rent and bills for the next three years?
Next time you see somebody sweating to grill and package your dollar hamburger quickly, or the maid changing the sheets on your hotel bed or the person tending to your beloved mom in the nursing home, do more than thank them. Give them a living wage. Let’s be honest, $9.50 an hour isn’t a “living wage.” But it’s closer. And time is of the essence.
Celeste LaMosse, Eden Prairie
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