Dear Commissioners and especially Commissioner Szigeti,I am remiss in writing so late to thank you for responding at the last city commission meeting to my comment about the lack of women on several city advisory boards.

I have to disagree, however, with your primary point. That women do not apply to be on these boards cannot be used as an excuse that the city is not practicing discrimination. Furthermore, as someone who has–though, now, many years ago–applied to be on the utility board, you cannot tell me women do not apply.

It is your responsibility as commissioners to actively recruit women to serve on these boards. Without women on these boards, the city is practicing de facto discrimination.

In the next set of appointments I hope the commission will correct this wrong. Failure to have the viewpoint in discussing city business by 51 percent age of the population allows for only half the good thinking power of the population.

Sincerely,

s/Ariel Dougherty

T-or-C, NM

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