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Continued: Readers Write (March 8): Ukraine, traffic, marijuana, minimum wage, legal terminology

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Minimum wage

I’ve never heard a gripe from those who get tips

We’re lucky to have a vibrant restaurant and bar scene in the Twin Cities. It’s fueled by enthusiastic customers, passionate staff and forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

As a part-time bartender in Minneapolis, I’m privileged to be making good money from my employer and, most important, from the guests at my bar. It’s no secret — anyone in a “tipped” job knows that their base wage is not what pays their bills. Tips pay the bills. No tipped co-worker of mine has ever complained about the size of their hourly wage.

Minnesota legislators are considering a minimum-wage increase, but one size does not fit all. If their plan isn’t changed, it will force bars and restaurants to cut back on employee hours and raise prices. It will hurt the very employees legislators claim to be helping.

Al Baker, Minneapolis



Just to be perfectly technically clear …

In his March 7 column, James Lileks writes: “If you hit someone on the head, that’s assault. If you say you’re going to hit them on the head, that’s battery.” Actually, it’s the other way around. I refer you to Black’s Law Dictionary, Revised Fourth Edition, 1968, which has been my faithful companion since law school in the 1970s. According to Black’s: “The actual offer to use force to the injury of another person is assault; the use of it is battery …” (Harris v. State, 15 Okl. Cr. 369, 177 P. 122, 123).

It’s best to avoid both offenses, whatever the order.

James M. Dunn, Edina

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