Reader wants more recognition of women’s instrumental role in society
DEAR ANNIE: I appreciate the patriotic intent of your Fourth of July column, but what would my daughter and seven nieces make of the mention of 27 men but just two women? The author overlooked Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the myriad other female contributors to our nation’s progress.
Maybe next year you could share someone’s writing that does a better job of recognizing the meaningful roles many courageous and capable women have played and continue to play in shaping our nation. All credit to Ginger Rogers’ high heels, but Sacagawea did everything Lewis and Clark did, but she did it postpartum and carrying a newborn on her back.
If no one has written anything more balanced since Mr. Whitaker’s piece appeared in 1955, consider the gauntlet tossed.
— A Loyal Reader
Dear Loyal Reader: We agree that an updated version is long overdue. Several readers suggested a writing contest and we love this idea. So readers, put your creative caps on and send us a poem or essay that expresses the contributions both men and women of all races and religions have made to our country’s history. You have plenty of time to work on it. This also might be a good project for teachers to give their students.
Send your wonderful and brilliant efforts to Annie’s Mailbox at creators.com or Facebook.com/ AskAnnies. We will accept entries starting today, and the deadline will be March 1, 2016. If we receive several good ones, we will print as many as we can. And we will print the best one on the Fourth of July next year, along with your name.
DEAR ANNIE: Do you think a judge should express his sorrow in person or through the attorney of a client?
I was in court for a hearing regarding my grandchildren when the judge began reading the case. As I listened, I realized that he wasn’t reading the correct case and blurted out, “wrong case.” The judge then realized his mistake and stopped. He finished with the case he was already reading, but because it was graphic and about abuse, the young children were asked to leave the courtroom. We marched out.
Later, our attorney met with the judge and the other attorney, at which time the judge had the secretary from the law office relay that he was sorry for what happened. I don’t think that is sufficient. What is the proper way for a judge to express sorrow for making this kind of mistake?
Your anger is un- derstandable, but misplaced. Judges are not obligated to express sorrow for misreading a case, either directly or indirectly. The fact that this particular judge chose to do so, even through the secretary from the law office, showed that he was sensitive to your grandchildren’s potential reaction. While it’s unfortunate that he didn’t notice the graphic nature of the case file sooner, it was unintentional and could easily have been the error of a clerk. Please let this go. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to email@example.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA.