Letters: We are protecting restaurants (12/19/20) – The Denver Post
We are protecting restaurants
Re: “Politicians double down on bad policy limiting food delivery fees,” Dec. 6 op-ed
Krista Kafer begins with a confusing doughnut delivery scenario that is not an accurate comparison of third-party delivery services. In reality, a customer pays a delivery fee to the third-party company and a tip to the driver but is unaware that the restaurant is charged a commission as high as 35%.
Since the pandemic began, the services of delivery companies such as DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub have become a necessity for the survival of restaurants. Before the pandemic, U.S. restaurants employed 10% of the workforce and had average profit margins of 4% to 9%. Since then, the industry has lost more than 2 million restaurant jobs, and more than 110,000 restaurants have closed.
Pumped up with investment capital and benefitting from restaurant capacity restrictions, delivery companies are valued in the billions. DoorDash closed its IPO today at a value of $39 billion. It donated $500,000 to Colorado’s Outdoor Dining Grant Program, yet it is nickel-and-diming consumers with a $2 fee.
EatDenver and the Denver City Council aimed to level the playing field for small, independent restaurants with temporary legislation that caps delivery commissions, prohibits these companies from listing restaurants without permission (an ongoing issue that has led to lawsuits against delivery companies), increases fee transparency to the consumer and protects drivers’ compensation.
We agree with Kafer that the market ultimately will sort this out. But in the critical meantime, until we make it through COVID-19, we’ll continue to do whatever we can to help small businesses.
Kendra Black and Katie Lazor, Denver
Editor’s note: Black is a Denver City councilwoman, and Lazor is executive director of Eat Denver.
Biden should invest in education to achieve racial equity
I’ve read that one of the top goals of the new Biden administration will be to achieve racial equity.
Let’s hope this time it’s more than just words, and actual plans are put in place to make this happen. The number one way to achieve this, in my opinion, would be to invest billions into improving the educational system for inner-city children, and to provide them with after-school activities and tutors to help keep them off the streets.
If reparations are to be made, it should be in the form of giving these kids a chance from day one by providing them with the opportunity for a solid education and upbringing — every child in America deserves this.
James Beach, Boulder
The value of higher education
Re: “Price policy explained,” Dec. 3 news story
It was disappointing to read the definition of the “value of higher education” offered by Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
She described it as landing a job that maximizes earning potential, contributing to the economy and your own livelihood, and fulfillment.
In fairness, she did mention contributing to society. She further states that when you “earn a credential, you earn a whole lot more money.” Hmmm … sounds a bit mercenary.
I wonder whatever happened to the goals of obtaining knowledge of the universe, gaining new ideas and perspectives, acquiring critical thinking skills and innovative problem solving, and learning how to be a life-long learner. These benefits of higher education can contribute to fulfilling career pathways, and the potential to change our world.
Terri Tilliss, Parker
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