Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:24 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Speaking out against repression

Having grown up in the 1960s, many women took very seriously the new revelation that we really do have a voice, not only the right to vote, but the right to speak our minds, a right to be independent and a right to be strong.

I have watched through the years how we are losing those rights. Intimidation, backdoor deals, lies and physical abuse have held their nasty grasp, trying to strangle the will of women who have held these beliefs deep in their spirits and souls.

As a society we have been taught, and rightly so, that believing and trusting that authority will protect us police, city officials, physicians, those who are in the position of protecting and serving. But what does a woman do when those in "authority" take advantage of their position and target an individual whose ways and ideas they may not agree with? Are they not still expected to serve and protect regardless of their pedigrees? What then are a woman's options?

It also has become very hard to watch as "political correctness" makes it harder for newspapers to spread the word that women in small town Alaska are being mistreated and abused, not only by spouses, but by police and city government.

I may seem like a small voice, but I will be heard, and I will scream it if I have to: Just because a man wears a badge or sits behind a city desk or holds a certificate that says "Ph.D" does not earn him respect; he needs to deserve it.

Seldovia is a sick and sad little town, and the Alaska State Troopers are a huge disappointment and a danger to the public if they allow this farce to continue.

A women's voice can be small when she stands alone against repression. But, women, stay strong, and soon we will roar.

Patricia Bergemann