Credit where it’s due

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Over­shad­owed, two women made dif­fer­ence,” July 29

I sug­gest that we put all 21 fe­male sen­a­tors in a room to­gether, and within a very short pe­riod of time they will come up with a work­able and fair health­care bill that will be passed on a bi­par­ti­san ba­sis.

I have long said that we need more women in Congress in or­der to break the un­ten­able cy­cle of in­ac­tion.

Busy work­ing moms don’t have time to mess around. They will get the job done. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Su­san Collins have shown us the way.

Dianne Gorsey Sher­man Oaks

To any­one who still be­lieves women are ill­suited to po­si­tions of lead­er­ship be­cause they tend to­ward more emo­tion­al­ity than men, I would point to Ex­hibit A: the tem­per tantrums of Pres­i­dent Trump and his hot-headed ad­vi­sors vs. the calm and rea­son of the fe­male sen­a­tors who voted down the ill-thought-out GOP health­care pro­pos­als in spite of pres­sure and threats from bul­ly­ing males.

We need many more women in po­si­tions of power.

Nancy da Sil­veira


Fi­nally, a me­dia out­let that ac­knowl­edges that GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Su­san Collins of Maine de­nied the sham of a health­care bill that Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mc­Connell of Ken­tucky tried to sur­rep­ti­tiously force-feed to Amer­i­cans.

And while we must ap­plaud Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona’s ef­forts to cast his vote, the votes cast by these two women were the de­cider.

It is also in­ter­est­ing to note that, although val­i­dat­ing the im­por­tance of the votes by the two women sen­a­tors, McCain is lauded for his vote on the front page of The Times, whereas Sens. Murkowski and Collins were rel­e­gated to page A9.

Rod­ney K. Boswell

Thou­sand Oaks

Your head­line says that in the lat­est health­care vote, Murkowski and Collins have been “over­shad­owed.” Over­shad­owed by whom? The Times buried this ar­ti­cle in the mid­dle of Sec­tion A, while plac­ing McCain on the first page.

Who showed more courage? The women did. So ac­knowl­edge them: Put them on the front page.

Eileen Flax­man


Michael Reynolds Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency

SENS. SU­SAN COLLINS, left, and Lisa Murkowski f lank Pres­i­dent Trump. The two cast key votes against the Se­nate GOP health­care bill.

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