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Published: Saturday, 12/21/2013


Minimum wage doesn’t need to rise

Your Dec. 7 editorial “Raise the wage” is simplistic. You say a full-time worker at the federal minimum wage makes $14,500 a year.

But you assume only one person in a household works. If both people in a two-person family work at the minimum wage, they bring in almost $30,000 a year.

I am retired. My wife and I live on much less than $30,000 a year, and we pay $6,000 a year for our Medicare supplemental insurance.

People do not stay in minimum-wage jobs, but move up to better-paying jobs. This is why data about these jobs are deceptive.


Suder Avenue


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Underwood hit the right note

Your Dec. 7 TV review, “Broadway wins in live ‘Sound of Music’,” was snobbish in content and approach.

I have directed high school theatrical productions. I advised my actors to be diligent to reflect the context of the play’s character.

Carrie Underwood’s reflection of Maria was not up to Broadway glamor, but contextually, could or should it be? She portrayed a kid from the hills who had just come from an abbey.

She was stunning as a “nun-soon-to-be” von Trapp heiress. In fact, she may have been more contextually authentic than Julie Andrews was.


Kenwood Boulevard


Neman’s leaving is a loss for Toledo

I am sad that we have lost Daniel Neman as The Blade’s food editor (“Sadly, Toledo, I say good-bye,” Dec. 10). He was the brightest spot in your paper.

He let us into his kitchen — complete with red stove — and shared his culinary expertise and his gastronomical tales, written with humor and ease. I have the column he wrote as a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey tucked into a favorite cookbook — absolute genius.

Whoever takes Mr. Neman’s job has some big pots and pans to fill. Bon appetit.


Sylvania Township


Editor had a recipe for success

Daniel Neman raised the bar for food writers at The Blade.

His intelligent, witty columns were a joy to read. His recipes were appropriate, clear, and delicious. I’m pleased you are continuing his Dinner Tonight recipes from local readers.

When I read his satire of Fifty Shades of Grey, I laughed so hard I aspirated my morning coffee.


Temperance, Mich.

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