Portland is a place where people go their own way. That's one of my favorite things about this city. Another of my favorite things about Portland is that we are proud and voracious readers.
It's not unusual to see a person walking down the street reading a book. We read in coffee houses. We read at Powell's. It's a place where it's cool to be smart.
This Portland girl is therefore about to do two predictable Portland things: 1) Move outside the bounds of popular opinion; and 2) read about a subject before I open my mouth.
Mitt Romney, the inevitable Republican candidate for president, recently commented that he uses his wife, Ann, as his expert on women’s issues. Ann is a stay at home mother of five boys, a breast cancer survivor and suffers from multiple sclerosis. To the extent that she represents the interests of independently wealthy married women who stay at home to raise their children, breast cancer survivors who have access to the best health care in the country and those who fight to overcome an incurable autoimmune disease that affects central nervous system, Mitt's reliance upon his wife for advice about women's issues is relevant and admirable.