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Letter: Katie-Charles issue only distracts from more pressing issues

The incessant calls for Katie Taylor, the incumbent ASUO vice president, to resign make me wonder if we are overly obsessed with the personal lives of people in leadership positions. I understand the need to hold our leaders to high standards of integrity, but how far is too far as far as scrutiny of their lives is concerned?

In my humble opinion,@@[email protected]@ we cross the line when we invoke aspects of their private lives that are virtually irrelevant to their job performance to discredit them.@@! …  [email protected]@ I call that witch hunting. It is often a huge waste of time and an unnecessary distraction from the real issues.@@and if it is a real [email protected]@

If there is incontrovertible evidence that Katie’s relationship with the former OSPIRG chair has unduly influenced her voting pattern, then stepping down would be an honorable thing for her to do.@@so, her being open about it before the vote would have been [email protected]@ I have read the recent articles that covered the issue in the Emerald, and the “conflict of interest” argument made is highly strained.

It implies that Katie has voted in favor of OSPIRG not so much because she believes in the cause of the organization, but as a gesture of support to her husband.@@[email protected]@ It would be pathetic if that is the real reason behind Katie’s support for said organization. But it does not appear to be, given the tenuous nature of the argument.

I believe that the ASUO has a lot to do for its constituency. So, if the kind of evidence I mentioned is not there, the Katie-Charles issue should be shelved. The continuation of that debate would only distract the student government from more pressing issues.

Benson Ntiwas@@http://directory.uoregon.edu/telecom/directory.jsp?p=findpeople%2Ffind_results&m=student&d=person&b=name&[email protected]@
University student

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