Who Run With the Wolves
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
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
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.
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