Dec. 22, 2016, Letters to the Editor

December 22, 2016 GMT

Trump the new Scrooge

Joe Fitzgerald talks about Christmas as a cultural expression of our religious freedom and I agree that’s important (“On making ‘Christmas’ great again,” Dec. 19). I’ve always believed the old idea that we have freedom of religion — not freedom from religion.

Fitzgerald approves of President-elect Donald Trump shouting out “Merry Christmas” during his victory rallies. And indeed about 80 percent of white evangelicals, for example, voted for Trump.

However, as a Christian I simply see Trump’s message as a distortion of my faith. Trump can preach hatred for our neighbors, stand in the way of basic women’s rights, take away health insurance from the poor — but if he says “Merry Christmas” he’s then the true evangelical president?

Only a man like Trump who equates monetary success as success with God would think that the U.S. version of Christmas has anything to do with Jesus Christ. In fact only the self-serving evangelical leaders of this country could ever believe a man like Trump has anything to do with Christianity.

— The Rev. Nathaniel Manderson, Danvers

The writer is the chaplain at Endicott College.

Republican pols needed

While I support the state’s Republican governor and President-elect Donald J. Trump, I am not a hard-liner for anything but civil rights (“GOP hard-liners back Baker,” Dec. 12). For example, the rights of parents, gun owners and hunters, and of students to pursue happiness, security and domestic tranquility free of the bondage of the tyranny of political correctness.

Over the past 10 years the Maine Republican Party has turned a blue state red. In contrast, Massachusetts languishes because we are a one-party state.

Gov. Charlie Baker needs other elected Republicans to make Massachusetts great again. The leadership of the state party has failed its primary mission of growing the party and electing lawmakers.

— Louis L. Murray Jr., Boston

Biz support for $15 wage

Dave Andelman argues against a $15 minimum wage for Massachusetts, saying that the employees he hires at his restaurants aren’t worth that much (“Teens will pay the price for minimum wage hike,” Dec. 9). But business leaders and owners in other high-cost areas have supported a $15 minimum wage as fair for workers and manageable for employers.

These supporters include the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which both backed New York state’s $15 minimum wage adopted this year.

Andelman asks, “How many adults work 40 hours per week all year for minimum wage”? In fact, according to the Economic Policy Institute, in Massachusetts more than 1 million workers — 32 percent of the workforce — currently struggle on less than $15 an hour. The overwhelming majority are adults, most working full time.

Rather than asking employers like him to do their part, he suggests the taxpayers should pay for a new $9,600-a-year-subsidy so workers can pay their bills — but conspicuously fails to mention whose taxes should be raised to pay for such corporate welfare.

— Paul Sonn, general counsel, National Employment Law Project, New York, N.Y.