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GINGRICH'S EXAMPLE CONTRADICTS HIS MESSAGE

Regarding the article, "Cuts OK for everyone except Gingrich himself," by Ralph Nader:

I wholeheartedly agree with Nader that Speaker Newt Gingrich certainly does not set a good example for others to follow.

American businesses are downsizing at an alarming rate due to foreign competition in a global economy, which means the loss of jobs. Taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for perks, lavish pension deals or salaries that are an insult to the struggling family living on minimum wage.

It is time for representatives to either give up the perks or pay for them out of their own pocket.

Speaker Gingrich does not want to raise the minimum wage from $4.25 per hour, but he happily participated in increasing congressional pay in 1989.

Perhaps the time has come for Gingrich and all the congressional representatives to set an example and stop living the motto, "Do as I say, not as I do."

ADA-BETH ALDRICH
Buffalo

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