What does it say?

A letter was submitted entitled “Defining a living wage”. The writer defined what a living wage is and then defined a ‘normal’ living wage, which is “the level of wealth, comfort, material goods and necessities available to a certain socioeconomic class or a geographic area.”

He then veers off and defines what the basics are meaning necessities, what one needs to live: “water, basic food, basic shelter, and basic clothing.” So the basics are a living wage, the rest are luxuries. Using that definition, a luxury could include: health care and health insurance, transportation, communications, information, child care, utilities, education, sanitation, security to name just a few.

What does he consider basic food? Powdered milk, processed cheese, flour, salt maybe some fruits and vegetables. You can hunt and fish for your meats and possibly have a garden if you have the land unless that is a luxury item also. What is basic clothing? A shirt, pants, 1 pair of shoes, pair of socks, a change of underwear, a coat. What is basic shelter? Four walls, a roof and a door. How about a plain old shack, a tent, a teepee.

Charles M. Reeder

Montoursville

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