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As scores of Region teenagers apply for minimum wage summer jobs, a debate continues to rage over raising the federal minimum wage.

Would such a move help some workers in lower income brackets earn better wages and lift some out of poverty?

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Would raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour become a job-killing expense for employers, actually forcing a reduction in the number of such positions?

Today, we offer two differing opinions. Feel free to visit The Times Opinion Facebook page to weigh in or send letters to the editor of 150 words or less to letters@nwi.com. Please include your full name, city/town of residence and a phone number where we contact you to verify the letters.

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