Teen-Ager To Congress: Read Our Lights
Jan. 28, 1989
ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ A 13-year-old boy upset about the proposed 50 percent pay hike for Congress is asking the nation's motorists to turn on their headlights Monday to protest the increase.
Mike Woycheck said the theme of his protest is, ''Read our lights: No Pay Raise.'' It is a variation of a slogan taken up by radio talk show hosts: ''Read my tea bag. No 50 percent raise for Congress.''
''I thought we really couldn't afford it,'' said the eighth-grader at Garwood Middle School in nearby Fairview. ''The little guy would get crunched by taxes.''
Woycheck is using his home computer to enlist others in the fight. On Thursday and Friday, he logged on to a nationwide phone network and sent messages to computer bulletin boards detailing plans for Monday's protest.
''I thought this would be a good way of getting my word around the nation,'' he said. ''I've had a good response from everyone. People are outraged.''