- The Washington Times - Monday, February 11, 2002

No mandate in Montenegro for secession

Alexsandar Djurisic, a member of the Democratic Party of Socialists the reformed Communist Party that sadly still holds power in Montenegro 12 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall does not have the mandate from the majority of Montenegrins to call for the secession of Montenegro from Yugoslavia (Embassy Row, Jan. 29).

His party might acquire that mandate in the future only if a qualified majority of Montenegrins vote for independence in a democratic referendum, organized and overseen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


MILAN PAVLOVIC

New York

U.S. not paying its share to U.N.

Daniel Mitchell's Feb. 7 Commentary column, "U.N. tax police potential," on the dangers of global taxation, is falsely alarming.

The United Nations' supposed desire for the United States to "pick up most of the tab" is not unreasonable considering that we are the world's wealthiest nation. It is compatible, in fact, with the congressional propensity to tax the rich. In addition, global taxes would not be designed "to redistribute income from developed nations to the Third World." Rather, they are needed for the United Nations to operate in an efficient, economical and timely manner.

The United Nations has faced bankruptcy because of its dependence on voluntary contributions and the uncertainty as to whether and to what extent the United States would pay its dues.

Among developed nations, the United States has long ranked last in foreign aid as a percentage of gross national product. With appropriate checks and balances, spending $70 billion for U.N. programs that would provide education, better health and other prerequisites for decent living would go a long ways toward alleviating the poverty conditions that breed terrorism. It would be a better long-term security investment than many of the items in the proposed $2.1 trillion 2003 federal budget.


EDWARD RAWSON

Executive vice president

Campaign for U.N. Reform

McLean

GAO statistics confirm 'glass ceiling'

In her Jan. 30 Commentary column, "Reinventing the glass ceiling," Linda Seebach accuses us of spin for our report "A New Look Through the Glass Ceiling."

Just by way of background, we commissioned the General Accounting Office (GAO) to look into the status of female managers across 10 industries after reading several industry-specific reports that indicated women were not doing as well as we had hoped. The GAO confirmed our suspicions with its report "Women in Management."

Miss Seebach took the time to look at our report, which was based on that GAO data. She did not, however, read it. If she had, she would have seen that on Page 6, we explain that one of the limitations of the Census Bureau's Current Population Statistics data is that they do not include years of experience, and there are no official statistics to measure individuals' progress over time. We think Miss Seebach would agree that getting those numbers would be both a necessary and a useful next step as we try to understand better the status of women in the workplace.

With regard to salary differentials, Miss Seebach compares apples to oranges, yet another indication that she did not take the time to read the report. On Page 8 of our report and Page 18 of the GAO report, it is made clear that the GAO controlled for education, age, marital status and race. In other words, none of these factors had any impact on the wage gap for full-time managers. The bottom line is that in seven of the 10 industries, the wage gap between male and female full-time managers widened.

In the end, we used the best data available. Where's the spin in that?


JOHN D. DINGELL

CAROLYN B. MALONEY

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington


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