Ability most important attribute

03/18/2014 3:03 PM

03/19/2014 3:04 PM

Re "Democrats pick Atkins as new Assembly leader" (Capitol & California, March 18): Why is it when an individual is picked or voted on for a position of importance that adjectives other than "most qualified" are used to describe them?

We read or hear that many people are described as the first woman, African-American, Asian-American, etc. They are also described as the first openly gay or lesbian.

If those descriptions are important, does that mean that we are voting or picking people because of those specific adjectives? Those descriptions don't describe any ability or qualification to do the job. It seems that it would be more important to report that the individual was the most qualified and then list reasons why. I don't care about their race, religion or sexual preference.

I want the person best able to do the job.

-- John Hightower, Orangevale

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