I am a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton. She would have been a great president. But since that will not happen this year, the other presidential candidates are wooing people like me. But if Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate simply because she is a woman, and thinks that this choice will make people like me swing his way, I find that insulting ("Surprise choice," Aug. 30).
I chose to support Mrs. Clinton because of her views - she is pro-choice, for universal health care, for getting out of Iraq and for making the economy work for everyone - and her vast experience as a legislator and in the White House.
Ms. Palin does not espouse the same kinds of views. She is pro-life, pro-gun and inexperienced in international and national matters.
I applaud her for being a governor of a huge state, having a family and balancing it all - that is no small feat. But I cannot support her.
Odette T. Ramos, Baltimore
As a woman and a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, I find Sen. John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate condescending to female voters.
Mr. McCain may believe that women will vote for any woman. But if he does, he is totally wrong.
I worked for Mrs. Clinton because of her positions: backing choice, health care for all, education of our children, protection of the environment and the search for new energy sources.
When she lost the nomination, I threw my support to Sen. Barack Obama because he also stands for what I believe in. I did not vote for Mrs. Clinton because of her gender, and I am not voting for Mr. Obama because of his race.
I am voting for the person I think can do the most to bring our country out of the wreckage of eight years of President Bush's leadership.
Peg McAllen, Towson
Palin's choices betray family values precepts
In response to the news that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant ("Unwed daughter pregnant, Palin says," Sept. 2), James Dobson of Focus on the Family says that the Palins should be commended for their "pro-life and pro-family values."
How is it "pro-family" for a parent such as Mrs. Palin, in the face of this family challenge and that of having a 5-month-old special-needs child, to decide it is in her family's best interest for her to be nearly absent from the family for several months of campaigning and then, if she wins, take on the job of vice president?
Many parents of all political and philosophical stripes have stepped down from community activities to focus on family challenges far less daunting than these.
Can conservatives who truly believe in family values really support this choice?
Marie Ward, Towson
Teenager's turmoil not front-page fare
It's regrettable that The Baltimore Sun would use the moral failing of a minor as grist for its biased political mill. Yet the paper apparently considered the out-of-wedlock pregnancy of Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, front-page news ("Unwed daughter pregnant, Palin says," Sept. 2).
In the same article, The Baltimore Sun apparently cannot resist the temptation to try to discredit Mrs. Palin by reporting that the man who is now her husband was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
But what is the relevance of a DUI arrest 24 years ago of a man who was not her husband at the time and would not be her husband until four years later?
James R. Cook, Joppa
Obama would push court to the far left
I wonder how many voters have any idea about what could be the long-lasting effect of having two of the leading liberals in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden, as president and vice president.
It is essential that the Supreme Court maintain a balance so as to prevent liberal judges from making law from the bench rather than adhering to the Constitution.
In the next four years, there will probably be at least two vacancies on the Supreme Court.
If these spots are filled with left-wing liberal justices, the kind Mr. Obama would undoubtedly choose, the new court is likely to revive memories of the court of former Chief Justice Earl Warren among those of us who remember just how disastrous that court was.
Edward T. Weitzel, Berlin