Let's hear it from the column's readers

WORKING WOMAN

July 11, 1993|By Niki Scott | Niki Scott,Universal Press Syndicate

Your letters are the lifeblood of this column. This month, many of you wrote about homemakers who find themselves divorced, hard-working nurses, and how hurtful idle gossip can be when people who work together fall in love.

"Your advice to homemakers to make certain they can 'go it alone' reflects reality, but I pray for the day when women won't have to work outside the home to be financially secure," wrote a Bloomington, Ill., reader.

And a Euliss, Texas, woman asked, "Why is it that men who fight in wars get paid money, while the women they are protecting at home (who meanwhile are raising and protecting the children) get nothing? It is time for society to appreciate -- and financially reward -- mothers and homemakers!"

But a Richmond, Va., reader presented a different point of view. "I have always had to work, even when my children were quite young. I would vastly have preferred to stay home, but my husband, a believer in working wives, left me little choice," she wrote.

"Working for a paycheck, running a house and making time for the children took more energy than I knew I possessed -- but when retirement came, I found myself receiving a pension in my own right, as well as Social Security payments, and the checks coming to me in my own name each month made me feel secure -- married or not!"

A column about choosing summer sitters brought this objection from a Lewisville, Texas, reader: "I was disappointed that you left out a very viable segment of society -- the older, retired, unmarried woman.

"I certainly consider myself more capable of handling a baby-sitting job than a teen-ager, and I know if I were having to find a sitter for my child, I would feel much more secure with an older woman than with a teen-ager."

After a column about hard-working, dedicated, often unappreciated nurses, many sent thank-you notes -- and the mother of one wrote from Atlanta: "Thanks so much for pointing out that nurses are skilled, knowledgeable, thinking professionals, not just bedpan-emptiers."

After a recent column about lovers whose efforts to maintain their professional attitude at work (and keep their jobs) were being sabotaged by idle gossip, your letters reflected a wide variety of responses.

A boss in Harrisburg, Pa., echoed many of you when she wrote, "There is a time and place for work, and a time and place for the mating dance, and they are not the same!"

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