ol' az hippie chick 
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Re: “What's a living wage, really?

Niam, I would concur with much of what you said, EXCEPT. . . Minimum wage jobs used to be for students and first-timers looking for work "experience." Now, there are many older, experienced workers taking these jobs after being laid off by greedy corporations moving to Mexico and China so they can abuse workers there and pay them even less. It's unconscionable that corps making millions/billions W/ CEOs making millions (and often paying little to no taxes) refuse to pay their workers (who actually make the money for them) a decent wage. Instead of unnecessary tax breaks for wealthy corporations, why not larger breaks only for small - medium companies in exchange for higher pay for their employees? And we need single payer medical care (get rid of insurers and stop requiring businesses to be involved in health insurance). This would help everybody - except insurance companies, who have screwed up everything. Yay! BTW, if I understood correctly, it sounds like you bought your home in Missoula a while back. Good thing, because middle class folks have been pretty much priced out of the market there. Might explain the companies coming in and building so many apartments.

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 03/11/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

Niam - 1967 and I had just graduated from high school, working 30 hours/week, evening shift as an operator at Ma Bell, the ONLY phone company back then! I had benefits, too. UNION JOB. Communication Workers of America. It was a really good job for a woman back then, and they were just starting to train women to be linesmen and "frame dames." (There was one McDonald's in a nearby larger town, but they wouldn't hire girls/women - only younger guys, "because they need money to take girls out on dates" is what I was told when I applied there in high school. Sheesh. I don't believe there are any comparable jobs to phone operator these days - everything's automated. Your comment about inflation is exactly the point (altho housing and car increases have surpassed inflation rates). SO why haven't wages even kept up with inflation? AT&T job was in Chicago. Now retired in Tucson area. No unions. Construction jobs pay anywhere from minimum wage to $12 - 15 / hour. NO UNIONS. Housing is somewhat affordable, low taxes, but still difficult for minimum wage earners.

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 03/10/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

Yeah, Jayne, because it's so easy to just "get" another job in a town filled with service jobs and thousands of students willing to do them to help pay for their books. (Don't get mad - I'm well aware many students are struggling, too, because of tuitions geared only to the wealthy.) When I was newly married, a new VW Beetle cost $1650, and we bought a 3 bdrm house for $18,000. I made $4 / hour at a part-time job and my husband a bit more as an apprentice carpenter. Now houses and cars are more than ten times more (and mostly lots more) than when I was young, but minimum wage isn't even double. Just doesn't add up.

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 03/09/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Postal service

Randy F - thanks for your thoughts on this. Lots of differing opinions, I guess. I had been wondering what the actual LAW (if any) states about this issue. Years ago, when I distributed political flyers, we were told not to put them in mailboxes, but rather rubber band or tape them to the door knob, but even then we never learned whether this was LAW or just a "guide" from the post office. Using the USC you listed, it states a box erected for receiving official stamped mail from the post office cannot be used [in any way - in or on top of or taped to] for un-stamped items. However, the post [that the box sits on] is NOT considered part of the box. So, there we have it! Thanks!

https://columbusrealtors.com/NewsDetail.as…

Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/23/2016 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Postal service

Randy F - thanks for your thoughts on this. Lots of differing opinions, I guess. I had been wondering what the actual LAW (if any) states about this issue. Years ago, when I distributed political flyers, we were told not to put them in mailboxes, but rather rubber band or tape them to the door knob, but even then we never learned whether this was LAW or just a "want" from the post office. Using the USC you listed, it states a box erected for receiving official stamped mail from the post office cannot be used [in any way - in or on top of or taped to] for un-stamped items. However, the post [that the box sits on] is NOT considered part of the box. So, there we have it! Thanks!

https://columbusrealtors.com/NewsDetail.as…

Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/23/2016 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Postal service

Sandra - that's a good point; one I didn't think about. The box is YOUR property; therefore, the post office shouldn't have say about who else touches it. You, however, have that right.

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/15/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Postal service

The article states that 35 years ago, a USPS "rule" that the inside of a mail box is postal property was upheld in the courts. Later, the USPS added to the "rule," stating the box itself, but not the post, is post office property. So, if this isn't an actual law, I hope the court rules in flyer-man's favor. Anyone can make up a "rule," but does that make it a legality that we have to "obey"?

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/14/2016 at 4:30 PM

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