Letters to the Editor

GOP scuttledPaycheck Fairness

Please be aware that on Nov. 16 the Paycheck Fairness Act (equal pay for equal work) was defeated in the Senate by a Republican de facto filibuster; meaning the threat of a filibuster kept it from coming to the floor for a debate and a vote.

Women, even college-educated women, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have updated the landmark Equal Pay Act of 1963 by closing loopholes, strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination, and prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages.

Could it be that women workers were sacrificed for the bottom lines of campaign contributors? Hum?

Jan Waitt


Saddenedby SOU's decision

What do I do, what do I say, when an institution I respect and love appears to be acting in opposition to core values of mine: increasing access to public education, and strengthening civil rights?

An innocent human being, doing her best to do her best, appears to be left holding a new bag at the crossroads of rational intent of host and loving intent of progenitorial guides.

The lone remedy within my realm of determination is lamentation. And at the first bottom, I find a hopeful prayer of peaceful and productive resolution rising from the ashes.

Paul Kay


Beware of rumorsfrom the right

I am writing to respond to Jennifer A. Marshall's recent article "Securing religious freedom abroad."

Let me start out by stating that I was raised in a religious family and went to church most Sundays until my late teens. I am all in favor of freedom of religion and believe that it has a place and serves a purpose in our nation. Having attended a somewhat extreme church in my youth, I now find that when I attend church I tend to prefer the ones that allow you to believe in science and proven fact, as well as promoting compassion rather than judgment and intolerance.

Our Founding Fathers were defending the right of Americans to worship in whatever way they wanted or the right to not worship at all. I think it is very clear what their intent was in the First Amendment, and some of them even went as far as to explain this in letters they wrote after the ratification of the Bill of Rights. We must also remember that some of our Founding Fathers were deists and atheists — a right we have in this country.

Jennifer A. Marshall has an obvious agenda here in that she is connected to the Heritage Foundation, an ultra right-wing "think" tank which is alleged to issue "backgrounder" reports that give a stamp of credibility to misinformation and errors of fact.

According to things I have read, the Heritage Foundation specializes in funding a vast network of right-wing "experts" and "scholars" who act as apologists for anti-labor, anti-democracy and anti-privacy public policy. Its trustees include or have included Richard Mellon Scaife, Steve Forbes, Midge Decter and Holly Coors (of the Coors beer family). For those of you who have not heard of these people, you might want to look them up online, read the "good" and the bad about them and reach your own conclusion. Or you might go as far as "fact checking" things they have said.

Jennifer A. Marshall has written a very warm and cuddly little religious piece here, but I don't agree with much of what she has said. I don't think we should stick our noses into the religions of other countries and I don't trust her motives.

Ed Dillon


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