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Codifying my infrequent hobby of letters-to-the-WSJ's-editor

This is more for me to have a record. I have, in prior livejournal entries, detailed letters I sent (and didn't get published), letters I sent that were brutally edited before they got published, and letters that drifted through.

Prior entries:
* Letter to WSJ on sex discrimination case against Walmart - https://meep.livejournal.com/1488035.html
* A prior letter example - pre- and post-editing: https://meep.livejournal.com/1879651.html
* Another letter than didn't get printed: https://meep.livejournal.com/1880278.html

Anyway, I have access to ProQuest, and decided to search on my name. Here are my results in no particular order:

18 April 2011

Many of the recommendations from the participants involve performing studies on the impact of women in various positions and whether they add a differential value. If any such studies turn up with a negative result, could you stop wasting the time of the rest of us on gender-equity awareness seminars and diversity committees? Some of us would rather get work done.

Mary Pat Campbell

North Salem, N.Y.


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11 May 2005

I notice this essay wasn't about "Our Humanities Ph.D. Deficit." Interestingly, though there's not much money in the various fields in the humanities, U.S. universities seem to have no problem finding American graduate students to fill doctoral programs in, say, Critical Feminist Theory or whatever is being taught nowadays. Getting a doctorate in said fields most often will not translate into big bucks, and all but the most senior professors will not get paid very much. And yet . . . there is no crisis there.

So why is there a crisis in science and engineering?

It is true that research in science and engineering is generally more expensive, requiring money for space (labs) and equipment (machines that go ping) that the study of humanities does not require. But that's not part of the equation when a student is deciding to go for a Ph.D. in engineering vs. an M.B.A. That decision has usually been made long before graduate school.

We don't have enough American Ph.D. students in science and engineering because we don't have enough undergraduate students in science and engineering. And the lack of science and engineering majors can be traced back further to substandard math education in primary school. Students know that those with math and science knowledge and skills can get much-higher-paying jobs; a person with a degree in applied math will likely be able to snag a cushy job compared with a person with a degree in education, for example. Yet you'll find many more students in education -- not just because of interest, but also because they would not be able to hack it in a math program.

Mary Pat Campbell

Flushing, N.Y.


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25 April 2008

I read Thomas Frank's op-ed "Obama's Touch of Class" (April 21) and became confused. He seems to be worked up against rich people in some manner, and wanders all over the place. No, Barack Obama can't be part of the elite, as he only went to Columbia and Harvard, ran with the in-crowd of Chicago politics, and only recently became rich from a best-selling novel. Oh, and is a member of the most exclusive club in the world: the Senate (and vying for a club even more restricted). No, Sen. Obama is from a faux elite, as he's not on the level of Bill Gates (college dropout) and Sam Walton (who took decades to build up his business, the slacker).

I suppose Sen. Obama was talking to his fellow faux-eliters at the Getty house in San Francisco. One gets so confused with the hoi polloi breaking into the ranks of multimillionaires. Don't they know they're the rich now? What are they doing voting for a man who promises to raise their taxes? Are they clinging in their bitterness to their eco- friendly private jets and their gated mansions, and thus swayed to vote against their economic interests? Or do they know that whatever the new tax regime, they have accountants at hand to make sure they avoid any taxes those other rich, the true elite, will have to pay. How elite can they be if they don't know how to avoid taxes?

I wish Mr. Frank luck in his quest to achieve economic equality through politics. It has been done before, and we need only look to our near neighbor, Cuba, to see that it is indeed possible for the government to ensure that everybody is equally poor except for a few people at the top, and the companies who do business with them, but they hardly count.

Mary Pat Campbell
New York

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2 October 2010

Ms. Sebelius should remember that insurance commissioners not only have to be concerned with consumer protection in terms of premium rates being too high, but also concerned about inadequate reserves leading to insurance company insolvency due to premium rates being too low.

Mary Pat Campbell

Croton Falls, N.Y.

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5 Feb 2011

Alas, the problem isn't convincing the rich to allow higher taxes on themselves; it's convincing the rich to not change their behavior if higher taxes are imposed on them. It's a lot easier to stop making income than to make more. And the richer one is, the more people you've got helping you maximize your after-tax situation. We've seen time and again that raising taxes on people who are actually rich makes for good politics but it doesn't net much in government revenue.

In any case, it's moot. There aren't enough rich people, and they don't have enough wealth to plug the hole in our government finances at state and federal levels. There are, however, a lot more people -- and total income and wealth -- in the middle range.

So I think Mr. Adams had better get cracking on convincing those of median income that they should pay higher taxes and get fewer government services and benefits. Might as well work on it, as that's what's going to happen. Maybe we can make it like a video game. I know that when I "play" TurboTax, the numbers going up and down seem like a game to me.

Mary Pat Campbell

North Salem, N.Y.

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3 Sept 2016

When I got to the end of "The Sinister Side of Cash" (Review, Aug. 27), I felt like I was in a Scooby-Doo episode, with the demasked villain proclaiming, "I would have been able to get monetary policy to work if it weren't for those pesky kids and their cash!" It is farcical watching various central bankers persist in their failed strategies regarding negative interest rates without the subsequent desired results. As with Marxists claiming that true communism has never been tried, it looks like the current excuse for these bankers is that their strategy won't work until cash is obliterated.

Mary Pat Campbell

Croton Falls, N.Y.

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12 Feb 2011

If it makes Ms. Moses feel any better, there are tons of professions and industries that don't give a darn where a person went to college. People with actual knowledge, abilities and achievements will do well, no matter if the institution from which they derived their credentials is lacking in prestige.

Given the unforgiving nature of the current business environment, I imagine the soft landing for the over-credentialed in uselessness will be in government positions where actual results don't matter. May the Lord save us all from their supposed superiority.

Mary Pat Campbell

North Salem, N.Y.

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As noted in prior posts, the WSJ loves running my especially bitchy letters. Though it does look I got one relatively factual and bland one in there. Go me.
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