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Statesman Journal: Is a ‘smear’ a ‘smear’ if it stems from quote?

A July 26 Statesman Journal article reported that a state senator had received a call that asked about House District 20 candidate Kathy Goss. The caller reportedly asked, “Would you change your position to know Kathy Goss has stated young women take methamphetamine to stimulate their sexual energy.”

In response, Goss said that she thought the “question likely stemmed from a column she penned in April 2005 for the Salem Chamber of Commerce.”

Dick Brady’s July 29 letter indicates that Goss’ opponent, Paul Evans, was “attempting to smear his opponent.”

In her July 30 letter, Janet Taylor comments, “I have a much higher opinion of our voters than to assume we could influence them with lies and innuendos” and “making false accusations is not acceptable.”

All that being said, one only needs to read the source provided by Goss to find the facts. She wrote, “Forty-nine percent of female meth users have dependent children. Why is this so high? For women, meth is often sexually stimulating.”

Where is the innuendo, false statement, smear? if you are running for public office and offer public statements, sooner or later the truth will be found.

Ronald Glaus



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