Food drive thanks

To the Editor:

Sacred Heart Mission would like to thank the Post Office and Sandy our postmaster and their many carriers for their exceptional work on this year’s food drive. Yearly they have a food drive and this year it was May 11. This drive helps feed those in our county. Our postal workers not only delivered and picked up our mail but they also picked up all the food that was so generously donated by those in our community. Many like Jim, Cassie, Tony, Kevin, Nathan, Dianna, Zac, Faith, Kathy, Christy and Marissa dropped off many times and then continued with their route! We thank you all for your support and dedication. We would also like to thank Doug Hordstead and the Big Boys organization for helping sort the food, as well as Terry Mackie, Armon Nichols, Greg and Marla Hughes, and Robert Brinkman. A big thank you to Tim Costello, Terry Mackie, Jim, Therese Klipa and friends, John Kolhoff, Sue and Jim Carl for helping transport the food to the mission. Tim Shea also helped with all the preparation beforehand. We live in a great community and we here are so grateful to you all.

Aggie Mackie

Sacred Heart Mission,

Gladwin

 

Thank you

To the Editor:

Boy Scouts Troop 779 Gladwin wants to give a big thank you to Family Fare and the people of our community for helping us out with our Can Drive on Saturday.

Thank you,

Troop 779

Gladwin

 

Minimum wage

To the Editor:

In the last election, our new Governor pledged to eventually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15/hr. At that time, the MI minimum wage was $9.25/hr. and was recently raised to $9.45/hr. A $15/hr. minimum wage, would reflect an increase of 61.66% from the $9.25/hr. rate. According to my research, NY currently has the highest rates in our area, at $11.10/hr. MI is $9.45/hr., OH is $8.55/hr., IL is $8.25/hr., and WI and IN are the least, at the Federal Minimum wage of $7.25/hr.

We must understand, that an increase in minimum wage of such high amounts will likely increase the cost of living in Michigan. Not only will employers be paying the higher wage, but will also incur an increase in the amount of Social Security that they pay for their employees. If you look at your check stub, you will see a line item that says: Social Security. Or it may be broken down into: FICA and Medicare. According to an online source, the Social Security portion of withholding is currently 6.2% of your gross income as an employee, and employee can also be subject to an additional 0.9%, if they are highly paid. The employer also pays 6.2%. Medicare is currently 1.45% of the employees’ gross pay, for both the employee and the employer. Therefore, any increase in the minimum wage, would warrant an increase in the Employers financial obligation towards Social Security and Medicare, at the same percentage as the wage increase.

Employers will be unable to absorb these amounts of increase, and the cost will be passed along to the customer. This will effect everyone, but at different levels. Minimum wage employees receiving the greatest amount of increase, may not likely have any more spending power because of the increased costs of products and services. Also, at what point would they no longer qualify for assistance that they may be receiving? Is the increase in pay to be enough to offset these losses? Employees making more than the current minimum wage, may experience less and less spending power, depending upon their amount of pay increase. They also may no longer qualify for any assistance. Furthermore, employees making more than the projected $15/hr. may have far less spending power, since they might not be subject to any increase in pay.

With the rising costs of products and services within MI, I can foresee an influx of products and services from the surrounding states. MI employees, although making higher wages, may end up losing their jobs altogether. Does this mean that MI will need to impose tariffs upon surrounding states, in order to protect MI workers’ jobs?

If we take a step back and take a look at the big picture, the only thing that is to be directly affected by the increase in income, is the amount of income taxes being paid. At this point, it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not a substantial increase in minimum wage will provide them with more spending power. The only certainty that I can see, is that a substantial increase in minimum wage, would provide an increase in the spending power of the State and Federal Governments.

Martin Willford

Gladwin County

 

Concern about

pesticides

To the Editor:

Did you know that the city of Beaverton has contracted with Rose Pest Solutions to begin spraying for mosquitos within the city limits this spring at a cost of $29,000 per year? That’s right – a pesticide called Kontrol 4-4 will be sprayed about once a week all summer long throughout the city, in our parks, over our gardens, and in our yards where our children and pets play.  

I urge the residents of Beaverton to educate themselves on this pesticide, which is highly toxic to mosquitos, bees, most flying bugs, fish, aquatic invertebrates and cats and is a “probable human carcinogen.” If this worries you (as it does me), please voice your concerns by calling Beaverton City Hall at 435-9343. 

Also be aware that as a city resident, you can opt out of having your property sprayed by contacting Rose Pest Solutions at 989-754-1489. The company can put your property on a “no spray list” and can also notify you before they spray so you can bring your children and pets inside and close the windows of your home. I know that mosquitos are a hassle, but we do not need more dangerous pesticides in our environment just to avoid a “hassle!”    

Colleen Reader 

Beaverton

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