Ask before hugging

Regarding the Dec. 5 story, “Men wonder if hugging a woman is still OK”:

The answer is simple. Ask. If she says no, don’t ask again.

If she says yes, make sure it stays a hug. No groping. How difficult is that?

Meed Barnett

Cologne

Increase minimum wage

Regarding the Nov. 28 guest commentary by Michael Busler, “$15 minimum wage would hurt workers”:

It is rather troubling that a Stockton University professor opposes Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s plan to increase the state’s minimum wage, currently at $8.44. With the downturn of the casino industry in recent years, working families in this area have been forced to accept low and minimum wage jobs.

These workers are struggling to pay their rent and buy their groceries. Maintaining a family on the $1,463 a month before taxes of a single minimum wage job would be stressful. Minimum wage workers are fighting to stay afloat. More than two-thirds work full-time. Every extra dollar they earn would be plowed back into the economy. They are friends and neighbors and they need a raise.

The professor argues that if the minimum wage is increased, workers would be replaced by robots or machines. This is not a new phenomenon. Two centuries of industrial history have shown that regardless of the level of minimum wages, workers are, and have always been, under the threat of job loss due to automation or mechanization by employers seeking higher profits.

There are studies that say higher minimum wages are good for the economy. A recent Huffington Post survey shows that 66 percent of the public supports raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Some Nobel Prize winning economists, as well as some business and corporate leaders, have endorsed raising minimum wage rates.

Bob Angelo

Atlantic City

Supports Youngblood

The U.S. is moving away from conservatism and the Democratic Party is in a fight for its life as Tom Perez, Democratic National Committee chair, alienates Bernie Sanders and justice Democrats. The Republicans have shown massive failure. We need a congressman who knows our issues and can relate to everyday people.

I am not running for Congress this year, even though I’d like to. I feel there is a candidate with more energy, vitality and vision, and as the popular phrase would go, times have changed and so must we.

America has been a progressive wasteland for 40 years. We still don’t have national health care, war on poverty and improved schools. We must take on global climate change and class divisions.

I believe Tanzie Youngblood is the candidate we need to ride the crest of history to change America. I will not vote for her because she is a black female candidate, or for politically correct reasons, but because I believe she is what we need for positive change. I am not the most ardent feminist, but the future belongs to the ladies.

Tino Rozzo

Vineland

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