Convention City Bias? As a proud conservative I am more than happy to chime in on the September 2 and October 24 letters and debate on whether or not ASHA chose Chicago for political reasons for the 2008 convention. There is an alternative point that should be made here. ASHA representatives have stated ... Inbox
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  • Paul Anthony Imbert, Buffalo, New York, Editor’s note: Many factors go into selecting a city for ASHA’s annual convention and the city’s political persuasion is not one of them. As noted, the convention is held in major cities that have facilities that can accommodate the size of the ASHA convention. Please note that the annual Health Care and Schools conferences are held in smaller cities (i.e., St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis).
    Paul Anthony Imbert, Buffalo, New York, Editor’s note: Many factors go into selecting a city for ASHA’s annual convention and the city’s political persuasion is not one of them. As noted, the convention is held in major cities that have facilities that can accommodate the size of the ASHA convention. Please note that the annual Health Care and Schools conferences are held in smaller cities (i.e., St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis).×
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Convention City Bias?
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 4-46. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.13162008.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 4-46. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.13162008.4
As a proud conservative I am more than happy to chime in on the September 2 and October 24 letters and debate on whether or not ASHA chose Chicago for political reasons for the 2008 convention. There is an alternative point that should be made here. ASHA representatives have stated in the past that there is no political bias in the organization, and they simply favor politicians who support their agenda. I’m not sure I swallow that. I can show that their choice of convention cities reflects a bias to cities that consistently vote for Democrats. Here is a list of the cities that hosted the last 10 ASHA conventions…San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Miami, Boston, Chicago (again). The only cities that voted for a conservative candidate in the presidential election in 2004 were San Diego and New Orleans. The rest of the record isn’t any better, dating back to 1936. A listing of the convention history is available on the ASHA Web site. About 80% of the conventions were held in left-leaning cities. That doesn’t sound inclusive to me.
Whether conscious or not, there is a clear bias on the part of ASHA organizers in selecting liberal cities for conventions. What about Phoenix, Dallas, Tampa, Jacksonville, Houston, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, Naples, and Salt Lake City? There are some great cities and sunny, affordable November locations on that list. Are conservative cities not worthy of ASHA? Come on ASHA, open your mind.
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