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Gender isn’t the only factor in pay equation

Lee Schafer’s column on the value of an undergraduate degree asserted that maleness is the major factor in a higher lifetime return on investment for degrees from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., vs. the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph (“Gender still plays major role in value of a degree,” Aug. 25).

There’s cursory analysis as to why this might be the case. Perhaps female graduates prefer to work in lower-paying occupations or take time out of the workforce for child-rearing. Given that men and women have different, sometimes overlapping and/or complementary aptitudes and interests, why should this be considered surprising or problematic? Why not congratulate St. John’s for doing an excellent job and try to understand the reasons for its success?


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Columnist chose only the most helpful facts

The Richard Topolski study to which Katherine Kersten referred in her column took a much broader approach than portrayed (“Is puppy love turning us into misanthropes?” Aug. 25). Kersten emphasized the one finding that supported her slant over others that were more universal and balanced. An abstract of the study reported that under certain circumstances, a person might save his or her pet over a stranger. Also, the study found that a person would probably save a stranger rather than someone else’s pet.


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Pivotal figure appeared forgotten in news

Coverage of the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington was informative, but overlooked the contributions of James L. Farmer Jr. A timeline mentioned the Freedom Rides, but omitted that it was Farmer’s Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) that planned the journeys, and Farmer who coined the term. The 1960 Greensboro sit-in was noted, but omitted that Farmer and CORE staged the first sit-in in Chicago in the 1940s. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a giant, but he hardly stood alone. While he articulated the dream better than anyone, so many had — and still have — a hand in trying to make it come true.

ROB EPLER, Richfield

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I appreciated your commentary on the march (“From that day to this day,” Aug. 25). I hope you will follow it up with stories of racial issues in Minneapolis as told by W. Harry Davis in his autobiography “Changemaker.” He came to my classroom and was very inspiring. I hope our local community will be reminded of what happened here. My Nokomis Library book group will be reading Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” this fall. These books are important.

LAUNA ELLISON, Minneapolis

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