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Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:21 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A fellow reader recently wrote a letter to the editor about minimum wages, but began his missive as though addressed to President Obama, Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

The gentleman is making what I call a good wage for part-time work ($15-plus per hour), but suggested he was no longer special, as others across the country are working to increase their own wages in other venues.

What the one has to do with the other, I don’t know. More important to me, however, did this fellow reader actually write to Obama, Quinn and Durbin, as well as to the Northwest Herald?

The three named in the salutation may or may not even be familiar with this newspaper. My guess is that readers who write these kinds of letters to the Herald might be weakening their stance, and that of us all, by not addressing their voices to those who need to hear it most. In this case, Obama, Quinn and Durbin.

Art Dulan

Crystal Lake

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