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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Train station lesson

EDITOR: I spend some time in Spain this summer, and I was struck by the scene at a McDonald's in the Barcelona train station.

Customers were queued up in front of kiosks placing their orders for their meals. The kiosks were interactive, making recommendations and accepting payment. Customers only needed to approach the counter when their number was called for a pickup.

In my youth, I worked at a first job in a gas station filling cars, washing windows and checking tires. It was a good start into job discipline and saving. I didn't stay on that rung of the ladder long. Today, that rung is missing because it costs too much to hire people to do this on the small margins in the gas station business.

Margins are small now for proprietors in the food business. It's tough to get started with many risks, and once established it's easy to lose it all.

I worry that we are removing another entry opportunity in the job market again by pricing youth out of the jjob market with minimum wage laws. Does anyone think it takes many people to run a fast food restaurant? The Barcelona train station may set you straight.

Mike Hawkins


More pumps

EDITOR: With renewable energy resources growing more and more, the need for pipes carrying fossil fuels will diminish. Perhaps some effort should go into laying pipes to carry water from areas that experience flooding to areas that experience drought.

Renewable energy could run the pumps.

Robert E. Leihy

Santa Rosa

Impaired fair-goers?

EDITOR: I know this letter will be met with tons of controversy, and I will be called all sorts of names and accused of being old fashioned or intolerant. But, after the “burn out” at the fairgrounds this past weekend, I am curious as to just how many of the “loaded” participants walked home, had designated drivers or took public transportation in order to comply with the existing laws about operating motor vehicles while impaired.

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