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Joseph Duemer has a suggestion.

(The proposal failed to pass the Senate today. Sponsor Orrin Hatch — my brain cries out odious! every time I hear his name — said that opponents of his legislation are “not going to be able to escape the wrath of the voters.”)

Letters to the editor passing in the night

State rep. Russell Pearce wants to put a flag in every classroom to remedy what he sees as a decline in patriotism. Rep. Ted Downing counters that perhaps better teaching of U.S. history would be a more sound strategy.

Today in the letters to the editor of the campus newspaper, we get a couple of letters arguing against the empty symbolism of a flag in every room, and we also get this:

It doesn’t surprise me that someone who represents affirmative action wants to twist and distort the Constitution to suit the needs of poor, always-the-victim minorities. The Constitution was written so that all men would be treated equally. Whites, blacks and anyone else in this country … even the ones who don’t belong here.

I’d suggest Amendments 13, 17, 19, and 24 as starting points for Ted Downing’s civics curriculum.

I also quite like the non sequiter at the end of the letter: “That vision did not include hiring underqualified people to meet quotas, or seeing two guys holding hands walking down the street.” ‘Cause why stop when you’re on a roll?


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