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Lisa Backus ("Democratic women were disgraceful at State of the Union," Feb. 22), I am sorry for you for viewing the world through a lens of self-righteous intolerance and judgmentalism. Lumping people into groups and pigeon-holing them is irrational and will always be inaccurate. You missed the whole point of our elected officials wearing white — it was to recall and celebrate the brave women suffragists who wore that color while fighting for your right to vote, the elective franchise. It was totally historically accurate and appropriate. Your comments about Barack Obama make me cringe with their racist overtones. Donald Trump has made us a laughing stock around the globe, while Obama was respected and recognized as an intelligent statesman, quite the opposite. When Mike Pence spoke last month at the Munich security conference and brought greetings from Trump he was met by silence, which was painfully awkward. Afterwards the attendees criticized Trump in the conference report, noting that he had a "disdain for international institutions" and "an irritating enthusiasm for strongmen around the globe." It will be many years before we recover from his damage to our reputation around the world. You cannot possibly know what is in the hearts and minds of "most of you"; how presumptuous! I am certain that people, not just women, who support women's choice do not "applaud and celebrate the killing of newborn babies in New York state." I've never met one who did. Only a desperate mind would make such a claim. Attacking other women on the unfounded basis of a lack of attraction is simply bizarre and defies logic, as does your off-the-wall attempt to link abortion rights to "racial genocide." Your wild claim that the "mainstream media" is trying to shame you for having your own brain is baffling. On the contrary, I'm sure that we all want people to use their brains rationally, and not make statements that lack any sensible foundation and empty generalizations.

Joni Pontius

Seneca Falls

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