Mary Ann Woehrel: No compassion for hard workers

April 6, 2014 

I’ve been reading and listening to the reporting on the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage. Fortunately, I only had to work for the minimum wage in my teens and 20s.

Even with a B.A. in education, I found it difficult to compete with all the other boomers in the 1970s due to school budget cutbacks. My hourly wages went immediately back into the economy by paying for rent, food and school loans.

I’ve never worked harder physically and been under such mental stress as I was during those years working in retail. I found better paying jobs, but I’ve never forgotten it.

I can’t understand how someone like House Speaker Thom Tillis can have either so little knowledge about economics or so little compassion that he needs to demonize hourly workers. Sen. Kay Hagan has both the economic knowledge and the compassion. I guess she sees the same hard-working people in our state that I see every day.

Mary Ann Woehrel

Pittsboro

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