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Women Who Run With the Wolves

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to “When Women Succeed” by Jo Page [Reckonings, June 12]. I will not even attempt to argue the fact that successful women have a harder time gaining mainstream acceptance than men do. Truth be told, it’s a sorry fact of our times. However, I take exception to some of the statements that were made. First, in regards to Hillary Clinton. . . . Why should the general public be blasted for being overly critical of her newly found Senatorial seat in New York? Who didn’t know that Hillary had political aspirations? So much so that she and her husband actually bought a home in New York, the state which just so happened to have an open seat at the time? Not that this is a new idea; it’s been done before by the Dysfunctional Family of American Politics, the Kennedys. So why not use her already considerable visibility as a former First Lady to slide into a Senate race against (heaven help us!) an actual state resident, Rick Lazio. I would argue that Hillary knows less about New York state than she does about her husband’s extramarital sex life.

As for Martha Stewart, there is no denying her local “girl”-makes-good story is the perfect example of the American Dream. But please don’t tell me that she is anything but “a two-faced social climber” or “a raging perfectionist.” And while the TV movie was horribly cartoonish, it is no secret that she has been, quite simply, a bitch to a lot of people who were simply trying to earn a wage working for her. I have no problem giving these two women, or any women for that matter, their due. If they work harder and earn more, good for them, but don’t try to make society the devil on the shoulder of the American Conscience when these two have already kicked the devil off and taken his seat.

Mark Eriole
East Greenbush

The Good Senator

To the Editor:

Thank you for featuring a story about state Sen. David A. Paterson [“David and Goliath,” June 19]. While I am not from the 29th Senate District, which he represents, I served in his office during a fellowship in the spring and summer of 1989.

At that time, being relatively new and in the political party that is in the minority, he did not have much power, a situation that frustrated him. Bills that he introduced had little chance of being released from their respective committees, although one did. Nevertheless, his spirit remained upbeat and his small staff remained devoted.

I met Mr. Paterson in the concourse at Empire State Plaza last year, before he got his new appointment, and he remembered me and the time we had invited him to the house for dinner.

I am pleased to see that his career is successful and fruitful. It couldn’t have happened to a better person.

Tony Duva

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