Letters to the Editor

Happy to respond

Dear Editor,

I am happy to respond to Ms. White's and Ms. Hogan's request for substantiation of my assertion in the Sept. 3 Sierra Star that characterized sponsorship by 'Women in Business' of Congressman Tom McClintock's recent Oakhurst appearance as having placed 'politics above gender.'

As the father of four women and grandfather of four more, I feel it important to herein include without edit the rest of that observation as stated in my column: '... placing politics above gender in their support of McClintock, who refused to vote for the 'Equal Pay for Women Act' and the 'Violence Against Women Act,' while being completely supportive of the anti-gay 'Defense of Marriage Act.'

As far as Ms. White's and Ms. Hogan's obvious attempt at now scurrying away to distance themselves from McClintock's politics — for which he is not asked to apologize — and their expressed chagrin as to why 'Women in Business' were 'singled out.' The full-color flyer I received urging attendance issued by the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 21 had 'Women in Business' listed in large font and no other organization, beyond the chamber, was similarly featured. Referencing the verb 'co-sponsored,' I offer the following definition of 'sponsor' from the Cambridge American-English Dictionary: 'Sponsor – To support a person, organization, or activity by giving money, encouragement, or other help.'

Peter Cavanaugh, Oakhurst