Re "GOP focus on Latino outreach" (Page A1, March 4) and "Obama out to alter face of U.S. courts" (Page A6, March 4): The subhead to the first article asks, "Is the problem the party's policy stands- or the packaging?" Obviously the country does not look like the older white males who seem to predominate in the GOP.
In an effort to win more votes, there is a realization that broader considerations must be addressed. Good and about time.
The other article described the conservatives' reaction to President Barack Obama's effort to press for more accurate reflection on the nation's courts of demographic reality (reflecting "jury of peers" American values).
Putting more women and minorities on the bench was described by conservatives as "unjustifed affirmative action" and critic Curt Levey of the group Committee for Justice says it might be "lowering their standards" to nominate more nonwhite judges". As if only older white males can possibly be qualified!
Putting lipstick on a pig with rhetoric does not work. Minorities learn to vote for those whose actions support a broader view of all American's interests.
-- Pam Flohr, Carmichael