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Letters to the Editor 10/12
Published 10/12/2011
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Editor:

Regarding the article, “Buses get a $12,000 makeover,” I want to say many students do not care about the logo on the buses. What they do care about are the buses coming on time and getting to school on time.

I am a student at Washington State University, and I live outside of campus. I have no driver's license, so I need to take the bus to school every day. Every morning, I go to the bus station more than 30 minutes before class starts, but sometimes I am still late. There are two main reasons for this.

The first reason is the buses are always late. The bus schedule says the Express 1 and Express 2 routes will come every eight minutes, but sometimes I will wait 15 to 20 minutes.

The second reason is the bus is always full when it comes to our bus station. Students spend so long waiting for the bus, but sometimes when the bus comes, students still cannot get on the bus because the bus is already full. Sometimes I can wait at the bus station and watch three buses past me and I cannot get on.

Yaxin Wang
freshman, management and operations

Editor:

The current protests spreading across the country are an American tradition dating from the founding of the nation. They embody the founding principles within the Preamble, Constitution and supportive documents such as The Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers.

If the government has failed, as William Stetson claims, it has been in not preventing interested parties with corporate lobbyists from becoming too powerful in influencing the political process and aiding in the exploitation of the average working-class American. This is what James Madison worried about in Federalist No. 10.

The issues that Stetson claims to have contributed to the economic collapse, such as a lack of education leading to poor analytical abilities of familial finances, are a direct result of corporate lobbyists successfully arguing against government regulation of academic curriculum. Touché anti-American, you have won that battle but the war is, as any combat veteran will state, not over.

The historical precedent is that corporations are not self-regulating and history has shown that American society, through and in conjunction with, institutional safeguards is needed to regulate the greed of corporate interests from mutating capitalism into a tool of oppression – as plutocrats would have it be so.

The current protests are becoming more organized day by day. Furthermore, by representing a variety of socioeconomic interests, they are truly representative of American society as a whole — unlike previous corporate-backed movements. If persistent, this will become a social movement that will steer U.S. law and society back onto the overall progressive course it has followed since the beginning of the nation.

Damian Ramirez
Ph. D. student, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Editor:

In response to the Oct. 10 letter to the editor, "The American gender pay gap still persists," the real issue is not if the gender pay gap exists or not, it is why. Haleigh Miller does very little to explore this, making it seem as though it is all very simple and that women just are not valued as much in the workplace.

Even in Sweden, a country known for giving both parents of a newborn 16 months of paid parental leave, the wage gap is still 10 percent. Sure, it is less than the United States'19 percent, but it is still significant. If we start looking at a wider picture, though, the United States does better than other places like Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

In 2009, The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that unmarried women earn much more than married women. The pay gap goes from approximately 25 percent to 6 percent. For the book "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide," a study was conducted of graduating professional school students. They found males were eight times more likely to negotiate starting salaries than women.

There is much more at play than just "women get paid less than men." Be it potentially economic, gender biases of customers or just that women are less likely to try and take control of their salary, it cannot be solved simply. Many studies find significant pay gaps and hiring rates still exist for women that are more qualified than their males counterparts. It is everybody that needs to change — not just employers. That means women, too.

Derek Held
senior, computer science

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