Letters, Dec. 9

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 07:11 PM

Support fast food worker strike

Recently, thousands of fast food workers in New York City went on strike for better wages. They make an average of $7.25 an hour, a poverty wage for even a single person from companies who literally make billions in profits. They share the same conditions as Walmart workers in this country, poverty wages for a full day’s work, a disgrace in a country where 1 percent control most of the wealth in the country.

This fits the description of a corporate feudal state, with these workers as the serfs. They work for companies who not only exploit their labor, but the Earth’s resources as well, with their products contributing to deforestation and global warming. They are on every block in U.S. towns and cities, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell among them.

Until they meet the demands for better wages and end their plunder of the Earth, please don’t eat their unhealthy, toxic foods and drinks.

Tim McGloin
Durham

 

Eliminate the IRS

In committee right now there is H.R. 25, which proposes the Fair Tax. This would eliminate the IRS, and make April 15 just another day. This new tax would be a consumption tax which would be essentially a sales tax on new products bought. This would force illegal businesses, such as illegal gambling, prostitution and drug trade to pay their fair share of the tax. This tax would be revenue neutral to the government.

All retail prices of goods would go down. Suggest writing your congressional representative on this issue.

Mario Gatti
Durham

 

Deal with it

A reply to letter writer Arrington Hicks: Rather than speaking of the "deep denial of Obama supporters," he might better wonder at the shock of Romney supporters who can't accept the fact that he lost the election.

As it always is in a democracy, the majority has spoken ... we voted for President Obama. I have been on the losing side of many elections, so what you do is, as I have been told, deal with it, and then move on. Or as my father might have said, "Don't beat a dead horse."

Jean Stasi
Chapel Hill