In a Newsday interview, Bolla Oil Corp. owner Harry Singh predicted a decline in the number of gas stations on Long Island due to, among other things, "government forcing a $15-an-hour minimum wage" ["Executive suite: Gas prices giving his business," Business, Aug. 31].

Well, the government has been "forcing" a minimum wage on the public since 1938, with the result that millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. In fact, 90 percent of the countries of the world have some form of minimum wage.

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For a man whose company has annual revenues of $750 million and who owns a $23 million mansion in Old Westbury, he should be happy to provide his employees with a $15 living wage, rather than the near-poverty level of the current minimum wage.

H. Mitchell Schuman, Brightwaters