Letters: Higher minimum wage will be good for The City’s economy 

"$15 minimum wage is backfiring on The City," Opinion, Feb. 17

Higher minimum wage will be good for The City's economy

A $15 an hour minimum wage had nothing to do with the upheaval in the book industry. Amazon killed the book market with $9.99 hardcover price tags. I am a literary agent and Michael Saltsman is a highly paid shill for folks like the Employment Policies Institute. These guys are frontline globalists who treat workers like enemy combatants. They are the enemy of the wage earner and small businesses.

I am an employer. My crew starts at $25 an hour or none would be able to afford the simple dignity a full day of work must confer. As a businessman, my wage policy results in loyalty and dedication and it is a wonderful tax write-off for me.

Saltsman doesn't want you to know that higher minimum wages will stimulate our economy from the bottom up, that this rising tide will raise all boats. Saltsman wants our economy to be a vertical top-down monopoly. He also wants universal wage equality worldwide. Globalists like this guy tend to view employment as a $2 a day proposition.

John Thomas Ellis

Kentfield

➤ "Once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Mars," The City, Friday

Mars hopefuls are misguided in their mission to explore another planet

One-way adventure to Mars? I can't stop to amaze of human stupidity. Why do people dream about another planet if they don't even know how to live here on our Earth? Did they accomplish their mission and rush to bring wonder to Mars or what? These five Bay Area residents are not heroes.

Georgy Prodorov

San Francisco

➤ "The antiquated origins of unisex restrooms," The City, Feb. 3

Is U.S. ready for gender-neutral bathrooms? Benefits are plentiful

Gender-neutral, multiperson bathrooms, like those that have become a fixture on many U.S. college campuses and in Western Europe, would help to reduce unequal bathroom lines and result in greater efficiency in terms of use of space and maintenance. Building owners would save money in new construction costs because they could build one bathroom and install one set of sewer and water lines instead of two.

Egalitarian bathrooms would also be a good idea for anyone with strong privacy needs, such as those who suffer from shy bladder syndrome (paruresis). The real issue seems to be: Are people in the U.S. ready and willing to accept mixed-sex provision of bathrooms like many are in Western Europe?

Carol Olmert

Author, "Bathrooms Make Me Nervous"

Walnut Creek

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