Thank you for your Jan. 12 story on Ron Unz and his push to raise the minimum wage in California (“GOP ‘lone wolf’ pushes wage hike”).

According to the article, this conservative Republican believes that “taxpayers for too long have been subsidizing low-wage-paying businesses, since the government pays for food stamps and other programs those workers often need to get by.”

There may be many issues on which Unz and I would disagree, but I’m with him on this one. Too many of his party still believe (either on principle or for convenience) that “trickle-down economics” works. We’ve had many years of proving that it doesn’t work, and that the Walmartization of business is a drag on the economy that moves money in one direction only: towards the rich.

Real, stable, sustainable growth comes from the bottom up, not the top down.

Claire ProntnickiWaterville