Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Happy Election Day! This is the day we celebrate what we have in this country, even more directly than on Independence Day. We party by voting!

Many thanks to all those who took time to go over the candidates and the issues – in a balanced and fair manner, of course – with young people in Nebraska. And many thanks to all the candidates and their volunteers for participating in the process.

I needed a break and a laugh after these many intense months of politics, and I got one. It came from a little monthly newspaper I subscribe to, the Imogene Hub, the funniest thing to come out of southwest Iowa. This issue’s story, ‘’PMS Club Has Presidential Debates,’’ was hilarious.

Now, if you believe life is totally serious and we have to be absolutely reverent at all times, change the channel. For you NORMAL readers, then:

In a crazy debate to determine who would be the next president of the PMS Club, the question was asked, ‘’Do you think the term ‘Towel Heads’ used in reference to Islamic terrorists is politically correct?’’

One candidate answered no. Why?

“The item they wear on their heads is actually a small sheet and, therefore, they should be referred to as ‘Little Sheet Heads.’’’

She got a standing ovation.


Monday’s Go Big Ed report on improper electioneering in the classroom by public-school teachers brought an outcry, and a request to be informed of other instances. If you know of any educators who overstepped the boundaries of free speech and wandered into propagandizing, please let me know for a future story.

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