Dear Neighbor, Labor Day usually marks the end of summer. The holiday’s actual intention is to celebrate the American worker.   What a time to be one. Unemployment in the US is historically high. Our most essential workers  — a catchall phrase for first responders and those in retail, food service and health care, among others — have kept the country running, often for low pay. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn’t gone up in more than a decade. New York City’s higher minimum wage of $15 adds up to a pretax $2,400 per month for a full-time … Continue reading