Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hurlock rejection was blatant sexism

Kudos to The Idaho Statesman for calling a spade a spade. The paper’s editorial (Feb. 16) says the votes to reject Joan Hurlock as a Fish and Game commissioner were a result of narrow-mindedness and sexism. The sole reason 19 Idaho legislators voted Joan Hurlock is blatant sexism, and extreme narrow-mindedness being the cause of sexism. Hurlock’s appointment would have been a loose brick on the edifice that white men built long ago to control government, women and society.

The Fish and Game Commission website merely states that “[t]o be appointed, commissioners must be a bona fide resident of the region from which they are appointed, and be well informed and interested in wildlife conservation and restoration. During their terms, commissioners may not hold any other elective or appointive office.” Clearly, any person with a brain can see that being a non-hunter is a fictitious reason for not confirming Hurlock for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

These 19 backward-thinking sexists need to be voted out of office! Women, don't just vote for open-minded candidates, run for office yourselves. It's time to turn the old boys club out to pasture. I commend Gov. Otter for choosing Hurlock and the 16 legislators who voted for her.

Fran Collette


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