Sammamish Forum April 3
April 3, 2013
Community center is a boondoggle
In reference to your recent article (“Council formally chooses design for Community Center,” March 27, 2013) and as a long time resident of Sammamish, I would to opine that the project, now $2.3 million over budget, is becoming a “Big Dig” west, similar to the infamous and shameful experience of Boston, Mass.
To extend the metaphor, we are already in the hole, financially, without a shovel of earth turned or a planning pencil put to paper. I am wondering, if this project is a fiasco-in-the-making!
Let’s finally pay men and women the same
Happy 50th birthday — April 9 is designated as Equal Pay Day.
On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act (introduced in Congress in 1945) with three American Association of University Women members present. President Obama has said, “You have to make it happen; make us do it. For the People, By the People, Of the People.”
And I guess he is right, because AAUW began in 1894 collaborating with the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor to analyze the pay of college-educated women. At that time, a woman office worker made $6 a day, but her male counterpart, called a professional bookkeeper, was paid $15 a day for the same job.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 extended the statute of limitations to contest pay equality.
The Paycheck Fair Act, reintroduced in 2013, would close some of the loopholes that kept the l963 Act from full protection and equality, but, it will still not be the end of the road.
So, my grandson, ready to enter college this fall, can expect to pay off college loans sooner than someone’s granddaughter, because he would be earning a beginning salary of $42,918 to her $35,296. He could also be earning a half-million more in a lifetime; some even say a million more. Young women are aware of this; a young woman asked about it during the presidential debate.
So, we the people still have work to do!
Issaquah Branch AAUW