Sisters are powerful people

Published 10:20 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

Republican, Democrat, we can no longer deny Donald Trump is a very poor example of “powerful.” That’s as strong as I’ll put it here.

My perspective on Trump is more personal than political.

I am the older brother of five incredible women (I have no brothers) and an uncle to several equally incredible nieces. I am always proud of what all of them have accomplished.

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The eldest lives in Colorado with her two daughters. Even after a brain traumatizing accident and losing her husband to cancer during a 15-year period, she was involved in theater in New York where they lived most of their lives. The older of her daughters is on a masters/Ph.D. track for sociology and is one of the smartest people I know. She also fiercely stands up for equal rights, especially for women and the LGBTQ community.

One of my sisters lives up in Winchester. A grocery store manager, she also manages a small brood of three, including two of my nieces, plus assorted friends. Another lives in Delaware, raising her three young sons while working as an administrative assistant for a medical center.

My other two sisters live in South Carolina. One of them is married with children, confidently assisting her son’s rising ballet career. The other lives with my mother, where they help each other in various ways.

Mom, by the way, has been a journalist, IRS agent and minister while raising or helping to raise four children.

They have all empowered themselves and empowered their children. They are far better examples of “powerful” people than Donald Trump will ever be.

Martin L. Cahn is the managing editor of The Farmville Herald. His email address is