The Penn State Scandal Results Should Look Familiar to Oregonians
I spent part of the morning reading the report
on the late Joe Paterno, and the way Penn State officials covered up Jerry
Sandusky’s crimes for ten years.
it strangely familiar, because in recent decades we’ve seen the same things
happen in Oregon.
- A former mayor of
Portland identified the man who raped a child for years yet many kept Neil
Goldschmidt’s secret and too many still associate with him today.
- Congressman David Wu had unresolved
allegations of a sexual crime against him and yet he was re elected year after
year till his behavior became too public.
- Mayor Sam Adams, identified as a pursuer of teenage boys by his political
opponent Bob Ball. The Portland
community chose to villifile ball, elect Adams, and even after a less than the
full story mea culpa from Adams, refused twice to recall him from office.
Nike founder Phil Knight, who eulogized
Paterno as having done no wrong, will surely amend his comments today, but the
silence and coverup at Penn State should look very familiar to Oregonians