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Letters: $9 an hour is too much for some

February 24, 2013

Re “The minimum-wage gamble,” Opinion, Feb. 21

Michael Kinsley makes a good point about young people who might not find a job until they're worth $9 an hour.

Anyone who has hired and managed entry-level workers has taken chances on individuals who were worth less than the minimum wage.

The trick is to find those who will put forth effort and eventually justify the investment.

Raising the minimum wage makes that a bigger leap for inexperienced youngsters — and a bigger gamble for businesses that might hire them.

Though many employed young people would surely benefit from a

$9 minimum, those still looking for their first job would face longer odds than ever.

Michael Smith
Cynthiana, Ky.

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