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9/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: 'Vote for a woman' stance irresponsible

EDITOR:

I heard several women praise the results of the recent City of Prescott election for the new councilwoman and the runoff of another woman in the City Council race. They described the need for more women on the City Council. "We need to vote for a woman" is their mantra. The disturbing thing is I never once heard these women say, "I am voting for this person because she has the same values as I do," or "I believe in her platform." No, their entire discussion was based on gender.

As a woman, I prefer not being defined by my gender. I prefer being judged by my character and beliefs. During the Suffrage movement, the opposition to women voting was the belief that women vote on emotion, not intellect.

This "gender first" mentality is resurfacing through statements, as voiced by a local female radio commentator, "We need to get some women on the City Council." It was not said, "I agree with these women's policies, so vote for them." What if a male radio commentator said, "We need more men on the City Council"?

Every Prescott woman would have been at arms, protesting this sexist statement. Obviously, some women fail to comprehend it is just as sexist to declare a vote for a woman based on one factor, being a woman.

I support qualified individuals. My decisions are not based on gender, but on the competency and experience of individuals. I vote for the best-qualified person and those who support my beliefs and ideas.

I think it is divisive to base politics on race, age or gender. It should be based on individuals stating what they believe and voters selecting that person at the ballot box.

Nettie Lamerson

Prescott



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Deductive Reasoning

"I support qualified individuals. My decisions are not based on gender, but on the competency and experience of individuals." Put another way, women are just inherently unqualified for public office or any other high profile position, that is why so few are elected and so few in high profile positions. I am now beginning to see your logic. If they were qualified we would have more of them in office. They are equally inferior in the workplace, which is why they are paid less for doing the same job as a man. Yep, you nailed it. Go Girl!

I am a man, I can change, if I have to, I guess. Being a man, I could not help throwing that in.

Or, could it be the same prejudice and lack of opportunity that precluded women from voting until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed early in the twentieth century is still present? Black men gained the voting right with the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870. They are not represented proportionately in politics, they truly must be just as unqualified as women. Simple logic.

Nettie, a suggestion, go find Jim Lamerson and have him recite the Constitution for you. Maybe you will get a grasp of it this time, coming from him. Now be quiet while the man speaks."I support qualified individuals. My decisions are not based on gender, but on the competency and experience of individuals." Put another way, women are just inherently unqualified for public office or any other high profile position, that is why so few are elected and so few in high profile positions. I am now beginning to see your logic. If they were qualified we would have more of them in office. They are equally inferior in the workplace, which is why they are paid less for doing the same job as a man. Yep, you nailed it. Go Girl!

I am a man, I can change, if I have to, I guess. Being a man, I could not help throwing that in.

Or, could it be the same prejudice and lack of opportunity that precluded women from voting until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed early in the twentieth century is still present? Black men gained the voting right with the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870. They are not represented proportionately in politics, they truly must be just as unqualified as women. Simple logic.

Nettie, a suggestion, go find Jim Lamerson and have him recite the Constitution for you. Maybe you will get a grasp Ö
Editor: Comment exceeds 200-word limit,


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Honest Discourse

@AndyAnderson - So, according to your logic, if I think you should vote for someone 100% Asian, and you don't, YOU'RE a racist? Are we in the same room?

@ronaldraygun - It is the liberal mentality that disses and disgraces women...Don't you recall Fluke's testimony for Planned Parenthood? All she wanted was somebody to pay for her birth control. Well heck, she should have gotten her 'john' to do that. Quite pathetic that the left propped her up there to make that point, and even more pathetic that she, a woman, agreed to do it. As a woman, I was embarrassed for her. As an American, I felt sorry for her.

@the rest of you who selectively missed this paragraph in Ms. Lamerson's letter, she wrote: "I support qualified individuals. My decisions are not based on gender, but on the competency and experience of individuals. I vote for the best-qualified person and those who support my beliefs and ideas."

We really need to have honest discourse here. Those of you who insist Prescott City Council is a good ol' boy network need to do your homework on what happens at City Hall. Maybe even attend a Council meeting or two...you just may learn something.


Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Rev: That day will come when people just don't really think about it and politics like this has people scratching their heads when they read the history books or watch old TV shows from today. The city council is still a man's playground for the most part. Ask people like Lora Lopas and Marianne Suttles what they experienced. I can't speak for them.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Fellows

@Hooty..
I remember Mayor Jerry Wagner being a woman. Wanted to develop Granite Creek into something similar to the San Antonio Riverwalk if I remember correctly..


Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ hooty hoo

Umm, if you live in Prescott, you're dead wrong. We have....

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Not on the inside.

I 100% agree with your letter Mrs Lamerson, Also no matter how many times you tell people they will insist you are Jim wife. People are VERY simple unfortunately. Anyone who truly knew Councilman Lamerson and/or his family would know that his wife is NOT named Nettie. Ms. Laumark YOU could not even be bothered to be in town the night of the election!! We can only hope you are defeated in Nov.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Resident over 40 years

@ Ellie Laumark- you just lost my vote because your comment in the blogs... you are worried about the term "guys"! I agree "Prescott deserves our best and brightest candidates for its future regardless of gender." Your lack of knowledge of modern day terms just helped me seal my vote!


Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

So how will we know when that comes Tom VonD?

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Sparrow Hawk

Maybe she was elected because she is a woman or maybe for what she said she stood for in her statements. Just be glad she wasn't running for mayor.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: james hegyboo

Wrong Hooty hoo,, we did have a woman mayor,, Her name was Jerry Wagner.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Andy Anderson

I think it is time for a black president. 100% black. If you don't see it my way, then you are a racist.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: @Hooty Hoo

One of Prescott's best mayor's was a woman.Jerri Wagner. Guess you just moved here.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: DEFINE QUALIFIED

Why should the women be qualified, if the men are not. Give women a chance, they will probably run circles around the so called qualified men.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

It's time for a woman mayor, we've never had one. Run and I'll vote for you Nettie (but you gotta use a different name).

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Nettie Lamerson

For the uninformed resident, I am NOT Jim Lamerson's wife.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Yahoo Netti

Nettie, thanks for saying what so many of us women in Prescott felt. In this particular case it is not about just voting for "the woman" - it is voting for the person that understands public service, they must be vital and effective and must be a good leader and have initiative, vision and understanding. Just voting for a woman "just because" is sad.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Well Informed Resident

@This is the wife...
Nettie Lamerson is NOT Jim Lamerson's wife and Bob Luzius is NOT a Democrat, but I agree with the rest of your comment!



Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Ellie Laumark

In response to Nettie Lamerson's I agree wholeheartedly. Competence, experience and a person's platform should be utmost in voters' minds. "What if a male radio commentator said, "We need more men on the City Council? Every Prescott woman would have been at arms, protesting this sexist statement." Unfortunately, our mayor raised the issue of gender on July 30th during his campaign when he stated "Send me a group of guys that I can depend upon and that I can work with." Prescott deserves our best and brightest candidates for its future regardless of gender.
Ellie Laumark


Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Stephen Hogan

@Nettie Lamerson
Our country wouldn't have such problems if people took your advise. Great letter!


Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Hypocritical Ranting

Nettie espouses voting for the best candidate while she is really hiding the fact she would not consider a candidate that was not a registered Republican in a non-patrician race. What a hypocrite! Who is more qualified, someone with a Masterís degree or someone with a couple of criminal justice courses at a junior college? To Nettie that does not matter. I plan to vote for the best qualified in this runoff.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

That's a great ideal, just like a "post-racial America" is a great ideal. We're not there yet, and pretending to be color-blind or gender neutral does us no good whatsoever. Some day, these polarizations won't rule the day and they won't be needed.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Well Informed Resident

Thanks, Nettie, for starting my day with a chuckle! I especially enjoyed the second to the last paragraph where you stated, "I vote for the best-qualified person and those who support my beliefs and ideas."

Unfortunately, in Prescott, that statement is usually contradictory because some long-time residents are afraid to elect the best-qualified candidates. They prefer candidates who will go along with the "status quo" and not "make waves."

Fortunately, a female candidate was so well-qualified in the primary, she pulled the most votes of all the candidates and secured her place on the City Council.

In the run-off election, we will again have a highly-educated and experienced female candidate running against a male candidate whose qualifications are questionable. His answers in forums and interviews indicated a lack of basic interest in the challenges faced by this Council.

The last three female Council members were
not always treated with respect from their male counterparts. Let's hope Nettie's relative and his cronies have learned their lesson and no longer put "gender first!"


Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: 30 year Prescott Resident

If I based my votes on ones beliefs and ideas being similar to mine I'd never be voting.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: L C

That is the exact mentality that got Obama elected. The color of his skin was more important than his politics.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: prescott native

I agree with you wholeheartedly Nettie. Saying that- we need more women on the counsel. I believe that when people say that what they really mean is that we need more qualified women with similar political leanings on the counsel. Certainly not even the most ardent feminist would vote for a person with opposing views just because that person was a women.


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