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Letter: Palin's lack of experience

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I write because I am a woman, and Hillary Clinton supporter.

Yet, Sarah Palin herself criticized Clinton for complaining about sexism: "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism ... I think, man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics."

I criticize her experience, comparing her to other women leaders. Elizabeth Dole was a secretary of transportation and labor and president of the Red Cross before being elected a U.S. senator; Condoleezza Rice was a provost of Stanford University (six years) before serving as Bush's national security adviser and then secretary of state.

Despite their experience, perhaps those two women were not pretty enough for John McCain. Other women leaders such as Margaret Thatcher (elected to Parliament 20 years before becoming prime minister) and Golda Meir (foreign minister for 10 years, ambassador to Russia and labor minister) show broad experience that can be compared to Palin's.

If something were to happen to McCain (Wellstone's plane?), Palin's experience would pale in comparison to other women leaders.

As a Hillary supporter, I criticize Palin for values exactly opposite Clinton. Palin wants the government to "get out of the way" and let private enterprise fix the economy and health care (her first interview). Note: Health care costs and the mortgage bank problems are currently in the private sector.

I was a Republican until eight years ago. Palin's latest attacks against Barack Obama, saying he "pals around with terrorists," make me ashamed. Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was involved in his war protests. Ayers is currently a respected college professor. Here in Willmar, I at one time lived next to a drug dealer. Did that make me a drug dealer? Doesn't Christianity believe in forgiveness for people like Ayers who changed their lives around? Let us look at the issues (tax cuts for the middle class, not people who make millions) and not exploit fear and hatred.

Peggy Karsten

Willmar

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