Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Your article, “Second shift of baby boomers are ready to take jobs”
(1/26/06) was quite informative but its curious headline needs
clarification. The four Capital Fellows Programs (i.e., the Assembly,
Executive, Judicial Administration, and Senate Fellows programs) have always
welcomed applicants of any age. The ranks of Capital Fellows reflect that
openness. For example, Michael Ashcroft (Senate), Catherine Garbacz
(Executive) Inga Olson (Assembly), and Sylvia Morafka-Papadakos (Judicial
Administration) were all mid-career, middle aged or older fellows who
contributed greatly to their placements and, afterwards, used their
fellowship experience to create successful second careers in public
service. There may well be programs and departments that need “prodding”
but the Capital Fellows Programs is not one.

Tim Hodson
Executive Director, Center for California Studies
California State
University, Sacramento

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