Thank you for the wonderful article in U.S. 1’s Women in Business issue (“Making It in a Man’s World,” U.S. 1, February 13). The comments have been overwhelmingly positive and special. I have heard from old friends, people whom I admire, people who want to do business with us (mostly sell us stuff, but some good contacts) and several cancer patients, including one with leiomyosarcoma!

A comment from Dr. Yi [the oncologist mentioned in the article]: “Thank you so much for the kind things that you said about me to the journalist. You have helped me with several patients this week who are worried about their disease. One patient in ICU had your article read to him and he’s already doing better. He told me that you gave him hope and he knows he can survive for a long time too. Another patient was very depressed when she came in and I gave her your article and told her how many close calls you’ve had and she is much more positive about what she can deal with. I’ve talked to several more patients about you and the article and it’s helping me to help them get better.”

It doesn’t get any better than that. It makes me teary eyed.

I also received several E-mails telling me how the article made them feel so good — either lucky to have an easier life or an appreciation for how maybe their life isn’t so bad.

I’ve only had one negative comment and since I’ve heard it several times, I pass it along. In short, “Nice article but some title — since when is your world a man’s world?” I just laugh and tell them that your editor thought that one up and because clearly the writer [Jamie Saxon] doesn’t think it’s a man’s world.

Not long ago there weren’t many women journalists — I don’t believe you think yours is a man’s world any more than you think mine is. One of my favorite nurses is black and aware of injustices. We joked that when they wrote an article about Dr. Yi, they would entitle it, “Korean Doctor Makes It in a White Man’s World”.

We were cracking up with the absurdity of it all. Quite fun.

Janet Lasley

Lasley Brahaney

Architecture Construction

Women in Politics

In response to Richard K. Rein’s column in the February 20 issue regarding the possible picks for vice presidential nominees and the bullet points about women in politics: I would like to offer some thoughts of my own on the Clinton issue and why I don’t believe it had much to do with being a woman.

1.) Underestimation. This is the number one reason she slipped — she underestimated Obama as a candidate and the excitement in politics he could help raise. She believed everything would be wrapped up by Super Tuesday and when it wasn’t, they ran low on money while Obama raised record-breaking amounts.

2.) Believability. Clinton’s main focus in her platform is universal healthcare yet the record shows her taking large sums of money from healthcare lobbyists. The question is then raised, what type of universal healthcare are we talking about when she needs to pay back the favors to the special interests?

3.) The Crying. This is erroneous to say it hurt her, it’s what caused her short-lived bump in New Hampshire.

I was a huge Clinton supporter until this campaign. She campaigns, speaks, and slings mud like a Republican. This will no longer do in the 21st century. Our problems are too many, our challenges too large to bother with the “Old Guard” games. This is the time she should get behind the party rather than feeding her own ego and continuing this charade of a campaign. The people have spoken time and again.

As an addendum: It recently broke that the Clinton campaign is asking 100 supporters to donate upwards of $100,000 each to raise $1 million. This is happening after the Obama campaign announced 1 million private donors. Another example of which campaign belongs to America and which belongs to a select few. Not to mention, double-digit wins in 10 primaries since Super Tuesday, even in blue-collar areas of Wisconsin (which bears a striking resemblance to Ohio demographically). Who is Clinton kidding, she can’t come back from these defeats. This is hurting the party for no reason, allowing McCain to gain momentum and a unified front.

David Graves

Graves is an office manager for a Princeton area Certified Public Accounting firm and is also a partner in a music production company based in Trenton.

Carnevale! Thanks

As co-chairs of this year’s gala benefiting Princeton University Art Museum’s education and outreach initiatives, we are delighted to acknowledge the many individuals and businesses that came together on February 9 to celebrate the arts. “Carnevale! Masterpieces & Masquerade” was a festive evening enjoyed by the 400 supporters who joined us at the museum for a cocktail reception preceding the gala’s sold-out dinner at Prospect House (U.S. 1 Crashes a Party, February 20).

We are grateful to all of our corporate sponsors including Bloomberg; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Alpharma; MetLife; Munich Re America; Novo Nordisk; PNC Wealth Management; Reed Smith; Tyco International; Automatic Data Processing; Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management; Hamilton Jewelers; Princeton Orthopaedic Associates; DeraCom Conference Call Services; and the Harold Kramer Foundation.

In addition, we want to thank the many businesses that supported the Gala by placing ads in our commemorative keepsake journal. Their commitment to the museum and its programs makes a real difference to this community.

Many other organizations contributed to the evening’s success: Prospect House, Janet Makrancy’s Florals, Main Street Fine Catering, Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop, Printing & Publications Corp., Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Hamilton Jewelers, Mission Dance Entertainment, the University Jazztet and Anthony D. J. Branker, and the staff of the Princeton University Art Museum.

None of this could have been possible without the considerable time and talents contributed by our volunteers who worked tirelessly over many months to ensure that our Gala patrons would enjoy the festivities. and that our museum audience would continue to benefit from the excellent education and outreach programs!

Liz Murray

Alice St. Claire-Long

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