To the editor: Maria Bustillos dismisses what she calls “women’s issues” as less urgent than the issues of class and economic inequality that are Sen. Bernie Sanders’ exclusive focus. Bustillos also implies that “breaking the glass ceiling” is merely a vanity project for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the self-centered establishment women who support her. (“You don’t have to be a bro to support Bernie Sanders,” Opinion, Feb. 9)
I’d remind Bustillos — and Sanders too — of the ferocious assault on reproductive rights being waged by those who would deny women control over their bodies, access to contraception, healthcare and equal pay and, yes, ban access to abortion, even in cases of incest or rape. There is no liberal value more central, more basic, more urgent than the fight for full human rights and economic equality and opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Clinton is fighting for basic, too-long-denied human rights. This may be a side issue to male candidates, but it is urgent and real for more than half of America.
Jo Perry, Studio City
To the editor: Millennials are not being drawn by the prospect of Clinton being the first female president or her past accomplishments. The past is the past, and millennials are concerned with the future.
I am a grandparent of millennials, and I worry about how they will pay for college. Should grandparents sacrifice their lifelong savings to educate their grandchildren?
I look at my grandchildren and wonder if they must incur lifelong debt for college that makes it impossible to buy a house or have children. This is the future, and it is now. Sanders is speaking about it — God knows someone has to.
Harriet Pollon, Malibu
Clinton has received, since she was first lady, unfair and untrue accusations, including Bustillos’ charge that she has betrayed the principles of the Democratic Party.
Republicans fear Clinton. They would much rather run against Sanders.
Dolores Carrillo, Diamond Bar
To the editor: If support for Clinton should not be a women’s issue, why does the title of Bustillos’ article explicitly make it one?
“Men for Bernie” — I can’t wait for that headline.
Carol Hall, Diamond Bar