Re "Raising minimum wage would aid many without harming the economy" (Viewpoints, Dec. 3): In the past years, minimum-wage workers' cost of living has gone up a great deal, making it even harder for these people to make ends meet. One reason the minimum wage should be increased is so that the working class has enough money to put some back into the economy, so it becomes healthier. When minimum wages are reduced by inflation, the working class spends less, which is detrimental to our economy. Even though raising the national minimum wage will drop margins of profit for big companies, it will help companies in the long run. If their pay is increased even a little, these working-class citizens will give the economy a boost.
-- Tanner James Austin, El Dorado Hills