A lot of people think workers can be retrained. Retrained for what? Computers and robots do all the work. Right here in Albany at a well-known restaurant near the mall, I found I could order and pay from a computer tablet attached to the booth and skip the waitress or waiter completely. I won't be eating at that restaurant often.

Oregon is second from last of all the states in being a place to make a good living. Hawaii is last. The study stating this took into account job availability, wages, and taxes. Washington state is first of the 50 states in providing opportunity for a good living. And, Washington has a sales tax and also has the highest minimum wage in the country! So much for all the talk about paying a higher minimum wage or having a sales tax would ruin Oregon. (I read this study in a newspaper within the last eight months, so job numbers may be a little better for Oregon now, but many recent jobs are low-paying, service-sector jobs.)

Mary Brock

Albany (Sept. 1)

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