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Republicans Like Women, Too

Gretchen Aleks writes that Republicans “still think women aren’t capable of making their own decisions, ... and African-Americans should be subject to the death penalty while whites should not,” [“Bringing Liberals Back to Politics,” Nov. 19]. Aleks cites no support for these claims and of course there is none. Maybe she forgets that it was a Republican president (Reagan) who nominated the first woman to the Supreme Court (O’Connor) and a Republican president (George W.) who appointed the highest ranking woman ever to advise the president (Rice). As for the death penalty, I can’t imagine what she is talking about. The incontrovertible fact is that a smaller percentage of African Americans murderers receive the death penalty than white murderers. If Ms. Aleks has any hope of effecting change in the real world, she ought to get her facts right first.

Douglas B. Levene ’73