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  • Sonia's letter was the lead-off letter in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's "Letters From Our Readers" section on Dec. 15, 2016. This letter congratulated the newspaper for its four-part series called "Bias on the Bench." The paper did a one-year investigative research project that revealed that judges' decisions in Florida were influenced by race, gender and politics. Read the Letter.
  • Sonia’s Letter to the Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune complaining about its publication of a sexist and ageist column by columnist Frank Cerabino, April 26, 2014. Read the letter.
  • Sonia writes in response to the "We Have What It Takes" column in the Aug. 24 edition of SRQ Daily. Read the letter.
  • Sonia’s comments to Rita Henley Jensen, editor in chief of the online Women’s eNews, critical of the July 25, 2013, laudatory and false article about the late journalist and anti-Semite, Helen Thomas. These comments were published in the Women’s eNews on Aug. 6, 2013. Read the letter.
  • Sonia’s letter to the editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune seeking a solution to the low income of Sarasota’s young artists was published on July 9, 2013. Read the letter.
  • In its Sept./Oct. 2012 issue, the Cornell Alumni Magazine contained a letter from Sonia about the need for people to eat a predominantly-vegetarian diet. Read the letter.
  • On July 12, 2012, Sonia wrote a letter to editor Myra Kovary that she published on her Occupied New York Times blog on July 12, 2012. Read the letter.
  • On March 3, 2011, Sonia’s letter to the editor concerning the lack of secular options in substance abuse programs at the Sarasota County Jail appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Read the letter.
  • On Sunday, August 1, 2010, Sonia wrote a letter to the editor to The Washington Post about the July 28 front-page article "After son's birth, a 'horrid' discovery," about an incident at a Virginia hospital. Read the letter.
  • On May 18, 2010, HeraldTribune.com published Sonia's letter to the editor about Kathleen Parker's column, "Gender and Geography". Read the letter.
  • On October 9, 2009, The Forward published Sonia's letter to the editor about paid maternity leave. Read the letter.
  • On August 27, 2009, The New Canaan [CT] Advertiser, published Sonia’s letter to the editor about her dear friend and mentor, the late Dr. Ida Davidoff.  Read the letter.
  • On November 16, 2008, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published Sonia's letter to the editor about holding president-elect, Barack Obama, to his promises on paid family leave. Read the letter.
  • In its December 3, 2006, issue, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune contained a letter from Sonia about the four months in 1988 she spent working for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. Read the letter.

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Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Letters To The Editor

Sonia's Letter to the Editor about Kathleen Parker's column, "Gender and Geography" appeared in the May 18, 2010 online issue of the Herald-Tribune:

Kagan's role in diversity

Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:33 p.m.

I have read Kathleen Parker's column, "Gender and Geography," of May 13, arguing that President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General of the U.S. Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court is not an example of providing diversity because she is from New York City, as are the two current women Supreme Court justices. I have read similar arguments by others lamenting this or that quality not presently represented on the court or by this nominee, and they are ridiculous.

I should point out at the outset that I am a feminist activist, a lawyer without judicial experience, and a Jew.

People have millions of characteristics, and to try to get every characteristic included among nine Supreme Court justices is an impossibility. At this time in our nation's history, the focus is on increasing the participation of women among our Supreme Court justices because women constitute over half our population and currently make up only 22 percent of our Supreme Court Justices, although this country has experienced a revolution in women's legal rights since the mid-1960s.

One of the two women currently on the court is 77 years old and has experienced health problems in recent years. If she were to retire, women would constitute only 11 percent of our Supreme Court Justices. Therefore, for the president to name a brilliant woman with an incredible record of achievement by the age of 50 satisfies the most important element of diversity at this time.

I look forward to her being seated on the court and serving with distinction.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Sarasota

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