Small Businesses Hurt If Minimum Wage Raised To $12 Per Hour
In reading Bill Faber’s column (Oct. 10), I am compelled to write a response. His suggestion was to raise the minimum wage to $12 to ensure that God will be pleased with our town and this will somehow eliminate the video gaming. I had to read the article several times to try to understand where he was going. As a small business owner, for the past 33 years, I feel like I have an insight to what this will do to our small businesses. It will either cause layoffs to the workers that keep the business going or raise the cost of the products the business sells. Either of these facets will likely cause the small Mom & Pop stores to close up.
The increase in minimum wage not only cost the employer more per hour but also it will increase the amount of FICA and Medicare Tax that they are required to match. Maybe the huge companies and big box stores can absorb this wage increase but not the small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone to our community. They lend uniqueness to our town and without them, we would be nothing but big box stores. There would be no real reason for visitors to come to our city to shop and enjoy what we all have to offer. They have big box stores in their own communities. These small business owners support the community in many ways and would be missed if they were to close the doors for good. Support your local small businesses and for the sake of our unique community,
I pray that our City Council can see what a lasting impact a wage increase will do to our community.
Marilyn Trebacz, Decatur
Voters Should Look To Objective Measures Of A
Judicial Candidate’s Suitability For Office
To the Editor:
Voters in Macon County will make many important choices in the upcoming election. An important, but often overlooked choice is the one for judge. Appellate and circuit judges will be on the ballot, some for partisan election and some for retention in office. It can be hard for voters to make an informed choice since candidates for judicial office are subject to restrictions that all other candidates are not.
Vikram Amar, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, recently said, “It’s pretty challenging for judges to run campaigns, because judges are supposed to decide cases on the basis on law and the facts, not on the basis of what the people might want.” Dean Amar went on to recommend voters look to resources like evaluations conducted by bar associations.
As president of the Decatur Bar Association, I join with Dean Amar in urging voters to look to objective measures of a judicial candidate’s suitability for office like those in the Illinois State Bar Association’s poll of area lawyers found at www.isba.org/judicialevaluations. By doing this, your vote will truly counts.
Carol D. Craig, Decatur Bar Association
Re-Elect Ed Yoder As Macon County Treasurer
After eight years as Macon County Treasurer Ed Yoder has a proven record of sound and solid public service. Under his leadership the treasurer’s office continue to exhibit innovations in the areas of advancing technology, public payment options and in responsible management of your taxpayer dollars.
Treasurer Yoder and his professional staff also continue to provide courteous, competent and personal service to the public. This combination of pragmatic business approach and old-fashioned customer service make for a successful and responsible county financial office. On November 6, please join me in casting your vote to re-elected Ed Yoder as our Macon County Treasurer.
Michael E. Day, Decatur
Workers On Scottish Sheep Farms Violently Abuse The Gentle Animals
Here we go again. A newly released PETA Asia exposé found that workers on Scottish sheep farms violently punched these gentle animals in the face, slammed their heads into the floor, beat and kicked them, and threw them off shearing trailers. After viewing the footage, a spokesperson for the industry organization British Wool claimed to be “shocked and saddened.”
What’s truly shocking is that PETA and its international affiliates have now revealed brazen acts of repeated cruelty in 96 sheep farms and shearing sheds on four continents. In Australia, violent attacks left petrified sheep bleeding from their eyes, noses, and mouths. In the U.S., a shearer repeatedly twisted and bent a sheep’s neck, breaking it.
In Chile, workers stabbed sheep in the neck and hacked off live lambs’ tails. As shearers race against the clock—they’re paid by volume, not by the hour—they lose their tempers over small delays and often take out their frustrations on the terrified, struggling sheep. And why? So that consumers can buy wool sweaters and scarves.
As the weather gets colder, please remember these sheep and choose animal-friendly vegan options to stay warm and toasty without buying into cruelty.
Paula Moore, The PETA Foundation Norfolk, VA
Ed Yoder Doesn’t Deserve Another Term
Ed Yoder doesn’t deserve another term as Macon County Treasurer. He doesn’t work 40 hours a week as Treasurer.
Steven Luker, Decatur