Eric Feaver’s opinion piece (July 25) contains a glaring error in math. His statement, “an employee who worked three months in 2009 but 12 months in 2010 shows a 75 percent increase in salary,” is plain wrong.
As any middle-school student could tell you, if you work three months one year and 12 months the next year, you will have increased your workload by nine months the second year (12 minus three). This equals a three times increase in the number of months worked (nine divided by three). If you made the same monthly salary in both years, your income will have increased by a factor of three, or a 300 percent increase in salary.
This shows pretty sad math skills for someone with an economics degree. I couldn’t read any further after this glaring math error. I figured there wasn’t much point because I wouldn’t know if the other information presented was equally flawed.
Paul Fredericks, Missoula