One of the most interesting recent political stories centers on the decision by Republican House District 20 candidate, Kathy Goss, to pull out of all scheduled debates with her opponent, Democrat Paul Evans, for the duration of the campaign.

Prior to the Sept. 4th debate sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, the two had squared off twice before at candidate forums during the primary. The Sept. 4th debate did not go well for Ms. Goss, as she stumbled through information and made assertions, such as claiming that President Obama supports Sharia law or deeming bike paths a fringe benefit that Oregon can’t afford. So, on the advice of her friends and her campaign staff, Kathy Goss is refusing to debate Paul Evans in any future appearance.

The marketplace of ideas generally weeds out extreme and often unfounded stances on issues. But, if you refuse to talk to people who challenge you or make you uncomfortable, what kind of legislator will you be? Will she only talk with constituents who agree with her? The complex tasks of leading and governing often prove difficult, because real people with real issues demand real answers.