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From: Anna & Oran Grotbo< >
Subject: General concerns and in defence of the "ladies"
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 10:04:14 -0700
I too was very insulted by John L's remarks about the "ladies".
I have real life concerns about economics and politics as do many of the
women on this list. (Linda and Sandy both illustrated that in recent
posts. I am the mother of four children. My husband owns his own logging
business and we live in an area, that is still trying to recover
economically and emotionally from the closure of a large mine and
smelter in Anaconda, Montana.) Thanks to this list, I am also made
aware of the struggles Cornwall is going through, and DO want to stay
informed of what will happen. It is my experiance that women understand
the economics and politics of their area and time, if not bettter than
men, then at least in a different way. Women tend to debate these
subjects less and would rather roll up their sleeves, get down to the
business of raising children, and just surviving the effects of the
climate of politics they live in. I am also a nurse and know very well
the politics and economics of the health care reforms that are taking
place in the US right now. Every 12 hour shift I put in at work makes
me profoundly aware of the effects that big corporations bring to the
care of patients in pain, the sufferings of family's and the need to
speak up for the individual patient. Real people with nerve endings and
tears and limited funds mean politics and economics to me, not profit.
I have spent the last 20 years of my life listening to the
condecending remarks about women. Comments like "You ladies" and "you
Nurses" tend to be red flags. I don't appreciate them and like Sandy
said, we women are no longer "hurt" by them we are insulted. It is the
rest of society, are children, daughters and sons, that are hurt by
those kind of remarks.
I appologize. I did get on a soap box!! (I think I inhereted a
bit of Cornish spunk from my grandfather who was a small man, but
carried a big shovel. He once chased a tall, strongly built, foreman
with it over some disaggrement.) But I also wish to add another concern
to this note. I have to unscribe and I am diffenately feeling hurt
about that. I have gained so much and learned so much from this list.
But, with my life as full and busy as it is right now, I think I will
have to eliminate one more fun thing from my life. I am starting my
clinical work soon and must prepare to defend my thesis proposal. (I
have bread to put on the table and POLITCAL battles to wage for Health
Care.) I have decided to start getting magazines and Kernow Sound to
keep up with Cornwall, but the e-mail is too much for me right now.
Thank you each and every one of you who have given me back my
ELLIOTT, MAY, and Treweek family. (I am leaving genealogy to my mother.)
Thank you for the culture and life of Cornwall (and Australia and the
other Cornish settlements in the US). Thank you for the piskys and the
magic and spirit of Cornwall and for the walks around the towns and
moors in Cornwall. I have kept e-mail addresses of those who are
looking for Cornish who came to mine or farm in Montana and will send
you directly any info I find on those names.
Anna from Montana (and her Norwegian husband)
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