Re "Raising minimum wage would aid many without harming the economy" (Viewpoints, Dec. 3): Minimum wage is a major problem throughout our society, though people disagree about the need to raise it. Laborers believe that they are working too hard for a small amount of pay, while others say a low minimum wage is necessary for many big companies. History shows us that we can increase the minimum wage without hurting the economy, but economists, as Paul Krugman states, are skeptical and will be against higher minimum wage, whether or not it hurts the economy. Many people in our country are working for low wages, usually less than $10 an hour. Workers at this low wage level find it hard to provide for their basic needs, such as food and shelter.
-- Gene Austin Tabb IV, El Dorado Hills