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January 28, 2005
Oregon U's Sticker-Ban Update

Kevin McCullough has a fresh column out on WND updating his readers on the University of Oregon decision to ban "Support Our Troops" magnetic stickers on university vehicles. Apparently, the outcry has had quite an impact on the administration:

The university also admitted the situation had created a public-relations problem (as was cited in the New York Times) but believed it to be based on less-than-factual accounts being reported by said talk-radio shows and blogs. (This was complete nonsense as even a minimal reading of the blog coverage proves.) Additionally, the university said "someone" had "yellow ribboned" the trees encircling the administration building. And when asked what would happen to the ribbons on those trees the university said plainly that they did not break the rules so they would be allowed to remain up.

On Wednesday afternoon, "William the brave" as he is now called, turned whistleblower on the university. "William the brave" was the employee (who is not Pete Baker) who had "ribboned" the office building. While university officials were telling the media the ribbons would be allowed to remain up, "William the brave" told the rest of the world the truth that the ribbons had already been removed. He also publicly stated that numerous Kerry-Edwards signs and stickers had been affixed to all kinds of state-owned property throughout the entire election year.

No one doubts that the university has the right to determine the materials affixed to their own vehicles, but to claim that Oregon was forced to remove "Support Our Troops" stickers in order to remain politically neutral, which was their first excuse, is as ridiculous as it is false. Kevin's update (which links back here) demonstrates that Oregon not only has played with the facts more than once, but also had no preparation for the onslaught of publicity this generated. Oregon alumni and legislators might need to take a closer look at the administration to determine whether it understands its role and responsibilities and has the capacity to shoulder them. Right now, they appear to be floundering.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 28, 2005 1:20 PM

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The university of Oregon has forbidden employees from diplaying and dsitributing yellow ribbons to support the troops. They say the message it gives is "political". WHAT A BUNCH OF FLIPPIN IDIOTS. THIS PISSES ME OFF SO BAD. I am a soldier in the Army N... [Read More]

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