Pay-gap percentage is misleading
A left-leaning group is claiming that woman earn 77 percent of what men make (The Goshen News April 2). However, by claiming that this happens when a woman does equal work is false. The 77 percent number is the “raw gap,” the ratio of the average of all woman versus all men, not taking into account job title or experience. That these individuals will mislead to pass a piece of legislation is concerning.
Research that takes into account job title, work experience, hours worked a week, and educational attainment shows the pay gap narrow, from slightly more than men to 5 cents less depending on the study (many show a 2-5 cent gap). There is no research that suggests a greater gap. Scholarly articles that back up these claims are found by a quick Google search. Fortunately, many left-leaning websites defend the facts and not this propaganda.
Folks interested in honest discussion about women and society should be satisfied to see sexism overpowered by market forces that demand an equal reward for productive output. Attention can then turn to why women make life choices that cause them to, on average, work fewer hours a week, accumulate less experience, and seek careers that typically pay less. Common sense indicates that making child bearing and rearing a priority plays a large role in the 77 percent figure. So the question becomes, should a woman’s role change and if so, how?
Regardless of your opinion, to choose to address this question, rather than the false equal pay for equal work argument, ensures an honest discussion which always leads to the better outcome.
— Michael Orgill
Yoder, Kubacki, work against legal citizens
It’s no secret our country has a serious problem with illegally immigration. Since 1986 our politicians have rewarded illegal behavior while we, the American citizen, pay for it in one way or another. What should alarm most Americans is the level of rewards our elected officials offer those illegal here.