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In praise of businessman for ‘fair’ wages

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Greetings, everyone. I have a short response to Mr. Bill Burkardt’s letter [“Owners pay fair wages and keep country going,” The Reader’s Voice, March 7] and his response to Mr. Bork’s letter.

Mr. Burkardt, you profess to have started your business 39 years ago at $3.75 an hour. I have absolutely no problem with your figures. It’s safe to say that $3.75 an hour in 1975 is equal to $16.30 an hour today.


While I wasn’t able to read Mr. Bork’s letter, and judging from your own words, you must feel $16.30 an hour is a fair minimum wage in today’s market. For that, I thank you, Mr. Burkardt.

It’s great to know you don’t have your head in the sand as you professed Mr. Bork does.

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