Colin Powell, Castine Selectperson

November 9, 2017

Castiners, I want to make it clear that when I refer to my new position I will be using the term “selectperson.” That is intentional, and is not some crazy progressive ideology, it’s simply an acknowledgment that when you tack ‘-men’ on the end of something it is passively exclusive.

The term originates from the idea that these “men” were “selected” to lead the town. Given that etymology, it only makes sense that if we hope to be exclusive to all humanity we should consider ourselves and any who would take up the position “people” “selected” to lead the town.

I may from time to time continue to use the old term, but I will do my best to refer to the position as a selectperson.