DUANE DAVIS: Hard work leads to increases in paychecks

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hikes in the minimum wage means corresponding hikes in the cost of living

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

It is a challenge for me to grasp that our representative, U. S. Rep Sanford Bishop D-Albany, can see in the president’s State of the Union address a different vision than that seen by U.S. Rep Austin Scott, Sens. Chambliss and Isakson. One of the biggest challenge for me to understand is the Executive Branch can plan to overcome many challenges our nation faces with the proposals that the president outlined. For instance, increasing the minimum wage. As a second lieutenant in the Army at Fort Rucker, Ala., the housing allowance was $100 per month. I was paying $100 rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Ozark, Ala. The military gave an increase to the allowance to $125 per month. Wonderful, or so we naïve second lieutenants thought. But the owners increased the rent to $125. So, who benefited?

The same with the minimum wage. Look at the impact when such increases were added to our workforce; the cost of everything increased. The solution is for workers to go to work, work hard and do the best they can. Their production will earn them an increase. …

I believe any young person who has worked hard in school and received good grades can get into a college. If the grades are good enough, that student can get a full scholarship. I know a young woman from Cairo who studied hard and was awarded a full scholarship to Emory University. It is too late for a student to begin planning for college in the spring semester of the senior year.

The president could have emphasized the importance of the family unit and talked about parental responsibilities — teaching their children good work ethics, sound study habits and respect for authority. Parents should teach children to face life on their merits. His thrust seemed to me to be the opposite of what John F. Kennedy stated in his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.”