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Keep sports leagues out of politics

Original post made by Catherine McMillan, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Oct 18, 2006

I was astonished to receive an e-mail from Alpine Little League containing both a questionable description of Menlo Park's sports fields issue and a patent endorsement of three City Council candidates.

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Posted by Against Hyperbole
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 2, 2006 at 4:27 pm

Referring to "brass knuckle tactics", "whisper tactics" and impugning the integrity of people who are providing volunteer services to the community is in no way promoting civil discourse on issues.

This letter belies its own intent. Would that it could be ignored.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on Nov 2, 2006 at 6:11 pm

I agree with Against Hyperbole. Let's agree to disagree and stick to the issues. The last thing we want to do is drive community leaders and volunteers out of our community.

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Posted by AgainstAgainstHyperbole
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Nov 2, 2006 at 11:24 pm

So, Against Hyperbole, why didn't you ignore the letter?

Fact is, 501(c)(3) organizations are not allowed to endorse a political candidate. Period. If someone reports this to the IRS, Little League and Pop Warner could have their tax-exempt status yanked, and I'm sure they wouldn't like that.

If our "community leaders" are people who prefer to lie and manipulate the truth, then frankly, I'd just as soon they left our town and went elsewhere. Or perhaps they can learn to follow the example of the AYSO board, who chose the more honorable route despite the fact that one of their board members is a city council candidate.