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May 12, 2010 at 4:03 PM

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Elena Kagan, Supreme Court nominee

Posted by Letters editor

Diversity in gender, diversity in education

“Kagan’s nomination no big deal” [Opinion, May 11] correctly described the political, gender-oriented and religious divisions within the Supreme Court, but ignores the lack of geographic educational diversity within this group.

Are we to believe that only Harvard and Yale graduates —and the occasional Columbia alum —are capable of making the important decisions that decide the course of our country?

We are no longer only the 13 colonies and surely there are graduates from universities within our quaint, little “Mayberry with high-rises” that could at least be considered for a seat on the highest court in the land. Diversity and balance requires this consideration.

— Merle Hanley, Seattle

Equality or sexism?

Ruth Marcus’ May 11 column says there is no “going back” to a court with only one or even two women — as if to imply there would be something wrong with that.

If I understand correctly, when there are several highly qualified individuals for a single position, selecting one based on gender is acceptable? I am not sure if equality of opportunity or sexism is being advocated.

— John Hribernick, Edmonds

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