I have read and reread the April 10 cover story, "‘I just want women to be safe’.” The story focused on two women who offered only generalized complaints about the mathematics and statistics department at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

One claimed that, "We were made to feel like a burden from Day 1. … There wasn't a time when sexism wasn't present. I got much better at recognizing it." The story didn’t include one solid example from her of just what that “it” was.

An investigation initiated by the university and conducted by its Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, or EOAA, stated that "no single person in the department violated university policy,” as the story reported, yet there was an "environment that was intimidating, hostile, or offensive to female department members."

Maybe someone should explain to these faculty members that life is not always fair — never has been and never will be. Nothing they described does not happen every day of the week to male colleagues in all walks of business life. They need to stop focusing on developing their victimhood and obsessing over a complaint culture and get on with what they were hired to do.

I hope the News Tribune can find topics more relevant to us working peasants than the travails of those acting like prima donnas.

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Alan Holden

Finland, Minnesota




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