‘Living wage’ a relative term in this day and age

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“Living wage” has always been a puzzler to me as to what the meaning of a “living wage” really is.
For example, a living wage will be considerably higher in New York City than it would be in Omaha, Nebraska. Home costs, transportation, food and other living expenses will be higher in major metropolitan areas as compared to rural Nebraska. Heavy populated areas with more industrial and technological opportunities will naturally offer higher wages because there is more competition in the labor market for more skilled workers.
In other words, a higher living wage exists in those areas as opposed to rural Nebraska where a lower wage scale can be offset by those who are seeking a higher quality of a family lifestyle and lower living costs.
I am reminded when one of our sons was going to college and also working in Lincoln. He told me his job experience during the year was educational. I asked him, “What do you mean?”
He replied, “It’s a job I don’t want to do the rest of my life!”
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Some people say money is good for bribing yourself through the inconveniences of life.
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The past few years we’ve been swamped with futuristic food ideas touted to be holding way more health benefits than our old traditional standbys. The sizzling initial public offering of Beyond Meat has set off a fierce debate among companies with a variety of futuristic food ideas. I’m not about to condemn the futuristic foods being touted at the present time, but frankly I’m a meat and potatoes guy and plan to stay that way.
There will be no faux meat made up of pea protein and oils pressed into burgers placed on my grill, or lab meat patties that have been cultivated from animal cells in a lab rather than pure beef grown by an animal. And the list continues with meat blended with plant-based ingredients to add more protein.
I have made one exception to my staunch corn-fed beef eating menu. I guess you could say, “I’ve given in to” by also accepting grass-fed beef as long as it comes from Nebraska.
It has been said, “The worst thing in business is not failing and that’s not a reason to hide your head in shame. The worst thing is missing a new opportunity and failing to back a winner because of old ideals.” Time will tell if I missed that “new opportunity.” On the plus side is the fact I am retired and have no desire to take on any potential winners.

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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