Regarding the March 15 front-page article “For the biscuit shift of today, life’s ladder has wobbly rungs”:

As the franchise owner of several Hardee’s restaurants in rural communities, I believe Post readers would benefit from an additional perspective.

To many, working in a Hardee’s is an entry-level job on the way to bigger and better things, but for at least half of our employees, it offers a steady income and enables them to get more out of life. In either case, it is a job they do proudly — and that should be regarded as a good thing.

This June, we will celebrate Lillie Copeland’s 28th year on the job as a breakfast cook. Ms. Copeland was not trapped into working at Hardee’s. Rather, she chose the job because it allowed her to be home when her children, and later her grandchildren, got home from school. Ms. Copeland works alongside colleagues who have also been with us for decades. At our Hardee’s locations, we treat employees like winners, and we honor their invaluable contributions to our company.

We also see the bigger picture in rural America, where the arrival of a well-known franchise is a big deal to a small town.

Dan E. Ponder Jr., Donalsonville, Ga.

The article on working at Hardee’s in Iowa was moving and tragic: moving to see love and generosity and family transcendent in such a bleak landscape; tragic to see that, for so many young Americans, this is what the 21st century looks like.

When will we as a people get past the red and blue slogans and ask our elected leaders the hard questions: Why do we no longer have family farms? Why do we no longer make things? Why are corporations now people, and why are 1 in 4 people born into poverty? We are all implicated in this race to the bottom.

David Peabody, Alexandria