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Writer lacks basic understanding

August 19, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I found the Aug. 11 guest column "Raising minimum wage important" by Margot Dorfman to be a bit humorous and quite perplexing.

Dorfman, who is the executive officer of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, stated that "The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce has more than 500,000 members across the nation" and that "Women are more likely to own businesses in the services sector such as in retail, health care, education and personal services. Raising the minimum wage reinforces their business strategies."

It certainly does reinforce their business strategies. An increase in the minimum wage encourages these business owners to discriminate against teens and minorities who typically possess low skills and little work experience. The unemployment rate among teenagers is currently just under 24 percent. Apparently, Dorfman believes that rate is too low.

The 500,000 members of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce would be wise to find themselves an executive who understands the principles of demand and supply.

Joseph Zoric

Associate professor

of economics

Franciscan University of Steubenville

 
 

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