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Missing the "Point"

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 6, 2016

Dear Editor,
    It's not just money in regard to "Point Austin: Hours to Burn" [News, Dec. 2]. Nor is it our dear glorious leader Greg Abbott's stopping the feds from upping the salary levels that kick in required time and a half under the overtime laws. You, and many others in the media, the law, and the judiciary (Judge Mazzant, are you listening?) have completely missed the point. Time and a half was not passed out of the goodness of the hearts of weak-kneed liberals of yore. If I, as an employer, have two employees working 60 hours per week, I could just as easily hire a third employee. The object of time and a half is to increase employment. An economic argument is moot; if all employers obey the law, the costs are passed equally to customers no matter who makes the good. And, speaking as an employer, I, for darned sure, am not going to let my competitor dodge a cost that I am forced to pay.
    President Obama could have effected this change his first day in office. He didn't. There is plenty of blame to go around. A lot of people have suffered.
Larkin Skinner

Hope for the New Year

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 6, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I want to change the tone as we close out 2016 and head into the holidays and the new year. I'm about done with all the gloomy talk, and I want to remind all you Austinites that there are plenty of things we can do in our community to make it better. I want us to lead the nation in green buildings, urban parks, and renewable energy use. I want us to carpool, take public transportation, and ride a bike or even a scooter (get weird with it). I want us to continue to support music and the arts and foster new educational experiences. I want us to help those less fortunate in our communities, foster/adopt a pet from our fantastic animal shelters, join Meals on Wheels or sit with our elderly for a nice chat. I want us to plant a tree, meet our neighbors, and mend fences. Let's make 2017 a great year in Austin – no one can take it from us.
Steven Van Landingham
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