Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Inequities

EDITOR:

Every year I look forward to reading the results of the wheelbarrow races because it’s such a positive article. I’d like to congratulate Dylan and Makenzie Snyder on their respective wins in the men’s and women’s championship races.

However, I would like to admonish the Kiwanis Club for the inequitable prize money distributed to these two champions. It seems Dylan’s prize was $1,000, a belt buckle, and his name on the historic trophy, but Makenzie only “picked up a $500 check” from Kiwanis. Did I miss something here? Did Dylan work harder for his win than Makenzie for hers?

I’m aware the courses are slightly different for obvious reasons, but I don’t think anyone worked any more or less for their win. With all the discussion in the news about women making less money for doing the same job, I feel this is a small, but blatant example of the problem women face. Am I the only one who reads this and cares? What kind of message does this send to our young women? Should they just be happy for getting half of what their male counterparts get for the same work and go on being silent?

If the Kiwanis won’t make it right maybe another club will.

DENNA PATTON
Placerville

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  • Kim ItemJune 24, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    I understand this all to well. As a woman I see this a lot too. It saddens me also. I used to get mad and upset and I have even spoken up. My husband of 23 years will come to my defense also at times when it is more than obvious "not a coincidence?! My husband and I love to go out on dates still. We will go out for dinner to talk, relax and enjoy eachothers company. On many many occasions I will be overlooked and snubbed and ignored by the waitresses. Sadly enough they cannot fill my husbands glass fast enough while my glass will sit empty as I thirst. Yet the waitresses will just look over at me and then walk away. It is hurtfull. Last week our family went to a very popular place to eat in Cameron park. The waitress took my husbands order as well as my 4 grown sons who order for themselves and I too ordered. All the food plates came for my husband and my 4 boys and then the waitress looked at me coldly and said;"what did you order?" I cant find you order. The waitress said this to me only after I asked where is my food? Where is my dinner? Also, it was my birthday. We were out to eat my family for my dinner. My family was 1/2 done eating by the time I got my food. I just tried to enjoy my family at that point. Yet, I dont give up and i dont let these bad people full of hatred and jelousy and no manners get to me. My husband and I went out to try a new dinner place we had never been to before last Saturday night. It is called Cascada in Placerville on the main street in downtown Placerville. It was just the two of us my husband and I. I have to say that It was the BEST Mexican food I have ever had. Our waitress was FABULOUS! She was so nice and patient and kind and so respectful and very good at her job. Everyone was so friendly and on top of everything. Our waitress, She did a very efficient job as our server and my glass was filled up and never ran dry. I was asked at times if I wanted more water more drink more chips more salsa? Even my husband went to the bathroom and our FABULOUS waitress came over very kindly and very nice to talk with me. I was very satisfied when we both left. I wish Mexican food place in Placerville called Cascada All THE BEST! Maybe soon we will visit this wonderfull place to dine, talk and eat soon again. I hope and pray blessings for them as my husband and I were so very blessed by them all. Thank you Cascada. From my heart - May God Bless You All.

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  • Mike DJuly 10, 2013 - 9:40 am

    "I’m aware the courses are slightly different for obvious reasons" , want the same prize? run the same course against the same contestants.

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  • cookie65July 10, 2013 - 10:32 am

    There is no "mens" race according to the contestants rules. There is a "Championship race" which is open to men and women. The cost of entry is $10 more than the cost of entry to the "woman's" race. There is a woman's race which is not open to men. So based on your logic women actually have more opportunity for winning money. http://eldoradocountyfair.org/contest.html#wheelbarrow

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  • rodJuly 11, 2013 - 10:22 am

    The Kiwanis club used to have just a wheel barrow race. Some women complained it "wasn't fair" so Kiwanis opened a less stringent 'women's event'. Unfortunately there will be people like Kim and Denna who will continue to whine and always perceive themselves at a disadvantage with men, and physically it is most often a truism. But women have something uniquely different than men, and most use it with great success over them... (left brain positive personalities)... so grow up.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 11, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Oh now, Rod! Goodness!! You man!!!

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  • cookie65July 11, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Rod, did you notice how Kim went on a tirade about inequity and even hatred and she was talking about other women. The writer of this letter has it totally backwards. The inequity favors the women who can compete in two events for money while the men can only compete in one. But this is how being told what to believe works. They have been trained to believe that everything favors men so without even engaging their brain they embarrass themselves with a letter to the editor that is totally inaccurate. And the accuse Kiwanis of something they are not guilty of. Looking for an apology letter. I won't hold my breath.

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