Letter: Lack of female representation in Basehor

April 19, 2012

To the editor,

Taxation without representation is a situation in which a government imposes taxes on a particular group of the citizens, despite the citizens not consenting OR having an actual representative deliver their views. This is a letter addressed to the women of Basehor. Do you realize we are being taxed without representation? We have an all-male City Council, an all-male Planning Commission, and all-male department heads. Does the phrase “good old boys’ club” ring a bell? Do you care? On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was passed by Congress. But wait! Only a select few (all men!) got to vote on the four council vacancies and the mayor. Do you care? There is an election next April. Will you attend council meetings and Planning Commission meetings and encourage a woman to run for mayor and/or the two council seats? Do you care?

Marilyn Townsend


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