I would like to address the integrity of one of the candidates running for governor. Last year, allegations were made against the La Grande football team and the officials that officiated the game. These allegations were later found to be unfounded by the OSAA investigators. When the allegations were first made, the leadership of the Oregon, then House speaker Tina Kotek, House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner and Rep Janelle Bynum were very quick to jump on the band wagon and call La Grande, as a whole, racists.

Is this the type of governor Oregon needs, one who jumps to conclusions and uses unfounded allegations to further her agenda? I agree that racism has no place on the football field, but neither do false accusations whether made by parents or politicians. The La Grande football team and the officials were cleared of any wrongdoing, but nothing was ever said about the Gladstone parents who made the false allegations.


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