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e 6 TUESDAY, JUNE 7 - THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2Oll Cape Gazette Letters )) Raising minimum wage not the answer A new report claims that monthly rent payments remain out-of-reach for minimum-wage workers in Delaware ('Affordable rental units hard to find" May 30). This is misleading;, new research out of the University of Nevada-" Reno shows that very few mini- mum-wage earners are the pri- mary or sole breadwinners in their household. For instance, the vast majority of adult minimum-wage earners with children have a spouse that also works and earns far more than the minimum - 63 percent of these spouses make over $30,000 a year, with nearly half earning more than $40,000 a year. Very few adult minimum-wage earners lack other sources of in- come (and those that do have ac- cess to government benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit). Paradoxically, raising the mini- mum wage in an attempt to help this small subset of workers can actually harm them; decades of economic research show that arti- ficially raising the cost to hire and train these employees may force employers to replace their jobs with an automated, self-service al- ternative. Michael Saltsman research feih)w Em oymt Insmute Washington, D.C. Former patient recommends SDPT I am writing regarding South- ern Delaware Physical Therapy in Lewes. At the end of October 2010, I broke my left shoulder and I had to have a partial replace- ment operation which was per- formed by Dr. Wilson C. Choy. This operation required a titani- um piece be installed in my shoul- der. Starting in early November, I was to begin physical therapy. I was referred to the Southern Delaware Physical Therapy facili- ty in Lewes. There began a long, six-month schedule, sometimes requiring me to go three times a week. I can't express enough how very caring, compassionate and dedicated these people are to their clientele. Needless tosay, this was a very painful, and at times, trying experience for me. All of the physical therapists were so patient and continually gave 100 percent and more to my re- covery. Though I will never have the full use of my right arm, I feel, without their continua persever- ance in striving to get the most use of my arm that was possible, that I wouldn't have -near the abil- ities I now have. From the moment you enter Continued on page 7 2011 Cellphones may cause cancer. Ahh, a danger I Smoke signals may 1 1 of modern-day living. 1842 Editorial )) Tough requirements needed in Cape schools ape Henlopen school board has been debating its graduaE0n requirements for four months. Most recently, sci- ence teachers appeared at a board meeting to urge the board to increase gradua- tion requirements, calling for all students to- take four science courses for graduation. While it makes sense for the board to delay a final decision until incoming Superintendent Kevin Carson is on board, there can be no loubt an increase in requirements is in the best interest of Cape students. Any increase in re- quirements carries with it a need to ensure all students can meet minimum requirements. Re- quiring four science credits and four social studies credits means all students will haste to pass a science and a social studies class every year they are in high school. This is certainly a change students might find demanding, but it's , one that will serve them well, whether they are bound for college or for work. As the underwa- ter robotics team on its way to international competition demonstrates; Cape is already leading the way statewide when it comes to of- feting students opportunities to learn skills in high demand in today's workforce: building ro- bots and writing the computer programs re- quired to operate them. Those same skills are needed not only for to- morrows innovators and engineers but for all students who hope to have jobs in tomorrow's economy. Computer technology and robotics are already in use in every field, from farming and retail to manufacturing and banking. Today's students live in a computer-operated and computer-modeled world; high school graduates who hope to find a productive place in that world will have to master basic science. Similarly, today's citizens, more than ever in human history, are citizens of the world. To- morrow's workforce- from trade workers to professionals - will constantly interact with people from around the globe. Increasing graduation requirements is mere- ly a first step in preparing today's students for the world they will live in. Once new require- ments are established, teachers and administra- tors throughout the district must work to en- sure students are engaged in high-level learn- ing in all grades and in all subjects. Tough requirements might appear demand- ing to some, but there's really no time to lose. Our children cannot afford to miss out on the jobs of the 21st century. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and ~/rittenl by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher: "irish Vernon, editor:Dave Frederick. st~orts editor; Laura Ritter, news editor, and Jen Ellingsworth arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS, one of the most distinctive of the coastal plants, brought out the full glory of its waxy yellow bloGms this week. WRI11EN I Letters~mustbe signed and _ include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right toedit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213~ Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email newsroom@capegazette.com. Most readers blame drinker for accident A person drinks too much at a bar and has an accident. Whose fault? Drinker 64% Bar owner 2,9% Both 33,1% The total votes counted were 378. To par- ticipate in the current web poll. visit CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 17 No. 103 Publisher, Dennis Fornay, Ext. 303 dnf@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsraom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor. Dave Frederick Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Copy Editor. Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ran MacArthur, Ext. 3t8 ronm@capegazette.corn Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.corn Leah Hoenen, Ext. 338 leah@capegazette.com Kara Nuzback, Ext, 339 knuzback@capegazette.com Rachel Swick Mavity, Ext. 321 rachet@capegazette.com Roger Hillis rogerhillis@capegazette.com SI~II'I~ WRITERS Tire Ramforth tim@seashorestrideccom Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTIIIBUTORS Susan Frederick, Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley WEBSITE COORDINATOR Catherine M. Tanzer maine@capegazette.com PHOTOGRAPHERS Dan Cook Steven 8illups PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Norma-Parks. 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