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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

I cannot be the only one aghast to read that Kate Dewey will be paid $120,000 a year to manage Forbes Funds, a minor, “charitable” organization that counsels small nonprofits (“Forbes Funds president has history of defeating adversity,” Dec. 17 and

Let's put that in perspective: Ms. Dewey earns significantly more than both Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald or Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. It's more than six times the median household annual income in my community, Braddock.

As mayor of my community, I earn $108.64 a month after taxes.

If the Forbes Funds were my nonprofit client, I would advise a self-imposed 50-percent pay cut for the director, along with a refresher in sensitivity training. My invoice is in the mail.

John Fetterman


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