Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

June 3, 2011

Annoyed with the Editor, letter 2

Patrick Schacherer

Knoxville —  

To the Editor:

As a citizen of Knoxville for the last 23 years, I have been frustrated by many of your columns and ashamed someone in your profession could be so ignorant. In your last column, you stated that Gender Equality measures are a product of the liberal agenda and are an "unnecessary push for forced social justice." 

I challenge you to examine your own argument in regards to the lack of representation Pella has on the current fair board. By acknowledging that some equality measures should be taken to better include residents of Pella, you are inherently disproving your own point or making a sexist conclusion. 

By advocating that Pella (half of Marion County's population) should be better represented and that women (more than half of the population) need no equality measures, is that not in itself a chauvinistic argument? I think you should re-examine what you mean by such statements. 

And no, gender equality measures are not a product of the liberal agenda, nor is any civil rights bill. They are products of societal change. 

If you truly considered yourself in favor of pure democracy, you would advocate for gender equality measures, too. Females, while making up slightly more than half of the population in the United States, are still vastly underrepresented at every level of government. I say that not as a liberal or conservative, but as a political scientist. 

The numbers speak for themselves. I think you may need to re-examine your stance on the issue, rather than dismiss it as some piece of the liberal agenda. Turn off your talk radio and pay more attention to the words you're writing.

Patrick Schacherer