Pubdate: Tue, 24 Dec 2002
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Copyright: 2002 The Oregonian
Author: Peaches Haney


On at least two occasions Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, KOIN (6) aired a 
promotional spot that asked, "Should Portland Public Schools accept money 
from 'Blazer Bad Boy'?" How is it that Portland residents can tolerate this 
kind of sensational media?

First, when all of the police officers, lawyers, judges, doctors and others 
who indulge acknowledge their marijuana use, Damon Stoudamire's recent 
encounters will be non-issues.

Secondly, Stoudamire is not a "boy." He is a successful young man who has 
donated a quarter of a million dollars to the school district's floundering 
budget. If a couple of other professional people with substantial incomes 
would do the same, spring sports would be funded.

Contrary to the image self-appointed business leaders attempt to portray, 
there is absolutely nothing cosmopolitan about the racism permeating this town.

Peaches Haney

Northeast Portland
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