Interesting national choice

Published 8:33 am Friday, May 29, 2009

President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court is an interesting one, and one that will need more scrutiny in the coming days.

From a demographic perspective, it’s long overdue for a person of Hispanic or Latino American descent to be nominated for the high court. Hispanics and Latinos account for more than 15 percent of the U.S. population, and their numbers are growing.

Surprisingly, it isn’t known at this time if Sotomayor is a supporter or opponent of abortion rights. Groups on both sides of the issue have so far withheld their comments on the judge and are urging senators to ask her about her position during confirmation hearings.

For our area, it would be interesting to know her position on property owners’ rights and the rights of dog hunters, on the right to bear arms, on environmental regulation and on the use of eminent domain, especially considering the U.S. Navy’s plans for an OLF.

But most people are probably waiting to hear about abortion. Stay tuned.