Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 7, 2012

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Albright aide just repeats debunked propaganda

Re: "Albright raps 'disgusting Serbs'" Nov. 1

Thank you for noticing former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's "Serb Derangement Syndrome," which was on display at the book signing in Prague. Her wrath was directed at a group of Czech "Friends of Kosovo Serbs" who dared to interrupt her hero fantasy.

The incident is one of many illustrations of the anything-goes policy that applies exclusively to anti-Serb bigotry. Such bigotry is never called by its name because Serbs apparently deserve whatever they get. That's why a former stateswoman feels comfortable publicly shouting, "Disgusting Serbs!" -- at Czechs, no less.

However, I was disheartened that even inThe Washington Examiner'scoverage, the last word predictably went to Albright's aide, who naturally repeated the debunked propaganda that the activists were faulting Albright for stopping ethnic cleansing. (As early as December 1999, journalist Daniel Pearl, to name just one, found that this wasn't the case.) Then the harmless word "feisty" was used to describe Albright's reaction.

It all seems to underscore the nonpartisan approach to things Balkans-related, which has a lot to do with Americans' lack of knowledge about the region. The Examinerwas supposed to be different, and not buy into or peddle MSM propaganda. But the former Yugoslavia seems to be the exception to that rule, as always.

Half the country and members of Congress who correctly opposed Mad Albright's violent war know that she is a lot darker than "feisty" would suggest.

Julia Gorin

Las Vegas, Nev.

Study proves that women's paygap persists

Re: "Bogus AAUW study perpetuates wage gap myths," Oct. 31

The American Association of University Women recently released a research report,"Graduating to a Pay Gap," revealing that just one year after college graduation, young women are already paid less than their male peers.But Washington Examinercolumnist Diana Furchtgott-Roth failed to engage the facts of this study and resorted to name-calling instead.

AAUW's study analyzed the salaries of recent college grads and found that one year out of college, full-time working women are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers. After we controlled for hours worked, occupation, college major, employment sector and other factors (on aggregate, men pursue higher-paying fields), the wage-gap shrank to 93 cents for every man's dollar -- but it did not disappear. These data demonstrate that the pay gap is not simply a result of women's life and career choices.

Leading scholars who reviewed AAUW's research agree that women and men are not paid equally for similar work. Writing for theNew York Times, renowned economist Nancy Folbre called our study a "state-of-the-art statistical analysis," adding that AAUW "has a long and venerable history of setting the record straight" on the gender wage gap.

We hope that readers of TheExaminerwill visit our website (aauw.org) to download the report and make up their own minds.

Catherine Hill

Director of research,

American Association of University Women

Believing the 'wrong' things can get you fired

Re: Don't expect consistency from the tolerance lobby," Oct. 17

In his column on the plight of Angela McCaskill, who is "on leave" from Gallaudet University for signing a petition to put same-sex marriage on the ballot in Maryland, Washington Examiner columnist Gregory Kane also wrote about Robert J. Smith, who was fired from the Metro Board by then Gov. Robert Ehrlich for speaking out against homosexual relationships -- completely apart from his position with Metro.

It's a pity that Kane left out a big chunk of the story.The issue came up in the first place because former Metro Board member Jim Graham, who is openly homosexual, announced that he could no longer work with Smith -- even though Smith had been able to work with Graham despite their disagreement on an issue that had no bearing on the work they were doing together at the transit agency.

Kane's point was that the term "bigot" is thrown around far too easily. I would go further and ask who the real bigots are if it is already true that if you can be fired from your job, as McCaskill and Smith were, if you don't believe the "right" things.

If we're not careful, it will soon be against the law to believe the "wrong" things.

Stephen Kosciesza

Silver Spring

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