Rep. Judy Stiegler’s number one financial supporter, the FuturePac out of Portland, has mailed out another anti-Jason Conger flier. This new flier cites Bend Bulletin articles of 10/04/10 and 10/10/10 as support for the charges contained in the flier. And there may be more fliers on the way as FuturePac contributed over $29,000 to Judy’s campaign last week, bring its total contributions for this year to over $91,000 and over $380,000 since 2008.
The latest flier claims that Mr. Conger wants to pull money from our public schools and hand it over to private schools. What the 10/10/10 Bulletin article actually says is that Conger thinks Oregon should explore programs that give vouchers to parents who send their kids to private school. Suggesting that Oregon explore an idea is a far cry wanting something to be done. Oregon needs to keep an open mind in attempting to solve its current problems. Excluding any idea from consideration is not wise.
The flier also state that Jason Conger supports teaching creationism in our public schools. In the 10/04/10 Bulletin, he said that lawmakers should not “be in the business of deciding the curriculum of school districts.” That seems to be saying that local school districts should decide what is to be taught rather than a small group of State officials in Salem. In the 10/10/10 Bulletin, he is quoted as saying that failing to teach “credible theories” like “intelligent design,” a theory based on biblical creationism, alongside Darwin’s theory of evolution in public schools amounts to “censorship.” Again, he seems to be arguing for introducing children to many different ideas, not just one, government approved idea. The purpose of education is to teach children how to think and how to make decisions for themselves not to be robots knowing only what their programmers have decided they need to now.
The FuturePac flier says that Jason Conger’s ideas on education are very far right and very wrong for Bend. But FuturePac is not from Bend, it’s from Portland. What the flier really means is that Conger’s ideas are very wrong for the FuturePac. It is surprising that FuturePac did not include quotes from the Bend Bulletin editorial of 10/20/10. That editorial described the anti-Conger statements in the fliers FuturePac has prepared for Judy Stiegler’s campaign fliers as desperate lies. FuturePac may not have had time to get that statement in today’s flier. Maybe it will be in the next one.