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It is difficult to express how offensive and disheartening I find your “From the editor’s desk” [March
2006]. You blatantly insult Craig Newmark and state
“for the record” not just that “good looks” are
important to you, but, worse, by inference and
implication, that Mr. Newmark clearly does not
Y ES. I seriously doubt measure up to your “standard of good looks.”
that a woman would be as You further go on, “So, he may look schlumpy
quick as a man to rush to some. Does this really disqualify him from
into war. There is no appearingonthecover?”
machismo in a woman’s You should apologize profusely to Mr.
makeup. History is full of Newmark, learn humility in the face of true human
extremely magnificent worth and apologize to your readers and customers
women in every field of as well.
endeavor. Who can show Lois Snitkoff, via e-mail
that men have done such
a great job as president in the USA? A few shine, but I am sorry you have seen my March column as
the majority have been mediocre. Surely women can offensive and disheartening. It was intended to be just
do at least as well and very probably better. the opposite of that. In fact, it was intended as an hon-
Norm Hansen, San Diego, California est admission that, like many editors and marketers, I
often make decisions that run counter to my belief that
NO. Women are generally equally qualified, but this beauty is more than skin deep.
country and its “good ol’ boy” organization is not It is a matter of avowal versus action. I clearly do
ready to accept that idea of a woman president. It not think Craig Newmark’s looks disqualify him from
may take another 10 years before we’ll be ready. In being on the cover: He did appear on the cover. My
the event that a woman does become president, the point, made in the last two paragraphs of the column,
executive/legislative process will likely get bogged is that it is easy for us to talk about beauty being more
down since many legislators are still part of the than skin deep, but for those of us in a position to assist
“good ol’ boy” system. the wide-scale broadcasting of this point (advertising
George Chismark, via e-mail executives, television producers, magazine editors,
etc.), we seldom walk the talk.
YES. I believe that the United States is not only I do hope you see the point here, which, appar-
ready, but in desperate need of a woman as presi- ently, was not clearly made in the column.—Ed.
dent. Women who have been elected for many public offices, including U.S. and state senators and
representatives, governors, mayors, etc., have consistently demonstrated their abilities to handle complex issues in a competent and intelligent manner.
They established a minimum age of 35 years for the
presidency, and I don’t know of any woman that
would admit she is over
35. Innovator Editor David W. Fuller
I. W. Reece, Scottsdale, Arizona Craig Newmark
In the hands of rich, politically powerful men, our
country has become engaged in conflicts that could
have been better handled diplomatically.
PHO TO: FRANCE FREEMAN
Nancy Young, Olympia, Washington
NO. The founding fathers solved this problem.
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What is Editor David W. Fuller trying to do to the
Schlumpy in a good sense ego and spirit of cover man Craig Newmark? Both
Never has an “Editor’s Desk” column elicited such vit- Newmark and Fuller appear to have similar fea-
riolic responses as the one we ran in the March issue. tures: receding hairlines, facial hair and glasses.
Here are some examples, with responses from editor Does that make Fuller appear “schlumpy” as well?
David W. Fuller. Donna L. Schuyler
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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word on the subject ...
I appreciated the editorial! I guess the fashion industry tells us that you have to be young, thin and
trendy to be worthy of attracting attention and love,