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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 1, 1988)
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When seclusion becomes isolation, the purpose
o f the Atlanta trip becomes clouded
H A R O L D
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Sunday 2 pm - Midnight
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FOOD - POOL - GAMES
M O O R E
T f you watched the Democratic National
M Convention on television last week you
probably noticed a lack of real news. As the
hours of coverage by the networks droned on.
and on, and on, and the cc .lection of speeches
grew, the purpose of the Atlanta convention
became apparent. In 1988, political conventions
are the perfect vehicle for the political parties to
present themselves, to their own liking, in four-
day, multimedia, multimillion-dollar television
Atlanta was ready for the convention. It was
clean, safe and friendly. Money moved more
mountains than credentials. But what about the
Vinings is a “ secluded” northwest Atlanta
suburb, located in Cobb County, where there is
no mass transit. Vinings is so secluded that it
did not appear on some of the maps furnished to
conventioneers by the Democratic National
Committee. The Oregon delegation was
located at the Wyndham Overlook Hotel, in
Vinings, secluded from the rigors of Atlanta
and secluded from the convention.
Not that the Wyndham isn’t a lovely hotel —
quite the opposite. Nestled in a community of
grand homes and lovely landscapes, the
Wyndham Overlook people were attentive to
the needs and wishes of the Oregon visitors. But
we were still so far from Atlanta that there was
the distinct feeling that the convention was on
Returning from the Omni Thursday evening
to change, and hoping to return to town for the
Dukakis/Bentsen victory party, our DNC-
New York halves
r 1 1 he New York City Health Department cut
.M. in half its official estimate of the numbers
of New York residents infected with the AIDS
virus. The revised number, down from400,000
to 200,000, eliminated 200,000 gay men and
bisexuals from the previous official estimate,
according to The New York Times. Estimates for
intravenous drug users (100,000) and “ all
other” (50,000) remain the same.
AIDS activists and other medical experts say
they fear damage from the new estimate, which
may be used to downplay the government’s role
furnished bus and driver got lost. Lost. We were
12 miles from Vinings. I am told that this is not
an isolated experience. When seclusion
becomes isolation, the purpose of the Atlanta
trip becomes clouded.
The decision by Ron Herndon, Oregon
Jackson leader, and Gov. Goldschmidt to
bypass the convention seemed to foretell the
lack of substance we could expect in Atlanta. If
Jesse Jackson really thought he was going to
fight it out on the convention floor, wouldn’t
Herndon have wanted to be there? Was unity
such a foregone conclusion that the governor
wanted to stay clear of the Dukakis machine?
Oregon is a very special place. Politically,
we take our independence seriously. Party lines
have historically been passed over in the name
of issues. And politicians in Oregon have
learned to respect this maverick state of mind.
Is this why Oregon Democrats were
“ secluded” ? Were Oregon delegates being
protected from “ big-city” politics at the
expense of being allowed fully to participate?
And if they were being protected from some
thing, who makes the decisions about what
Oregon delegates are exposed to? Is it possible
that the Democratic Party of Oregon is
protecting itself from outside influence?
Being a part of the world’s longest television
commercial was an education at its best. The
moods, modes and manipulations were world-
class. The lessons learned will last a lifetime.
But how about Oregon? Will the state that gave
us Wayne Morse, Tom McCall and Edith Green
ever be considered a grown-up political place
where new ideas are encouraged, not stifled? •
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