In response to Jim Bowman’s statements in Viewpoints, March 4 [The living wage is socialism at its worst], I would like to say that a livable minimum wage is not a manifestation of socialism. It is merely a regulation of capitalism. 

In the USA we live in a democracy and our capitalism is regulated. That regulation does not come from the free-for-all workings of the marketplace. It comes ultimately from the voting public. If the voters choose to demand that employers must pay a living wage, that, Mr. Bowman, is democracy. 

In America, democracy actually happens every now and then. Get used to it!

Will Roy

Oak Park

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