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They don’t like being paid less than men
I laughed out loud after reading a letter writer’s response to Lee Schafer’s column on the earning differences between graduates of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University (Readers Write, Sept. 1). The original article argued that being a male resulted in a greater return on the investment made in a college education (“Gender still plays major role in value of a degree,” Aug. 25). the response: “Perhaps female graduates prefer to work in lower-paying occupations or take time out of the workforce for child rearing.”
Yes, every woman’s dream is to make less money than men. Oh, wait — women who have the same profession routinely already get paid less than their male counterparts. The answer to why it’s “problematic” for women to be paid less is because it’s sexist, unfair and damaging. Women “prefer” economic and social equity for their investment.
GRETCHEN HAMMESCHMIDT, Eagan
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A TEACHER’S WISDOM
In classroom, the lessons for life
Thanks to Elaine Bransford, an English teacher from Stillwater, Minn., for the thoughtful list of what every high school student should know (“Learning life from pages,” Sept. 9). She invited us to add our own thoughts, so here’s mine: You should know that the only thing you have control of in this world is your own attitude; everything else is up for grabs. The world will always rotate, change and evolve, and there’s nothing we can do about that. Ultimately, what’s important is how we live our lives (more than what we do with our lives).
SHARON DeMARK, St. Paul
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U.N. report critical to decisionmaking
I sincerely hope President Obama exercises patience before attacking Syria, even if he secures congressional approval (“Obama’s sensible delay,” editorial, Sept. 1). He needs to wait until the United Nations assessment is completed before launching any attack, to be absolutely certain Syria did use gas on its civilians. Doing so would help gain greater world acceptance for any military action. If the U.N. report disagrees with the findings of the United States and we attack anyway, we place ourselves in the role of being the aggressor and will face world condemnation.
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