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Les Miserables

The other night I watched Les Miserables and was horrified once again about the disparity between rich and poor and to what extent the super rich can tolerate the misery before them. I thought of the era when five year olds were sent into the mines, when little children sat (and still do) sit at looms, when starving people stole a loaf of bread and ended up in prison. After awhile it seems that the upper class grows immune to witnessing hunger and homelessness. It happened in France, England, Russia and other countries. How many more working people here will experience hunger and homelessness before a revolutionary thought enters their head? Tough legislation is needed by brave and altruistic politicians. Is our minimal wage realistic?

Patricia Simon

Santa Fe, NM

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