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Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 88 - Question for the Candidate

This is the eighty-eighth installment of the original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

Nota Bene #88 Question for the Candidate
By Glen Bledsoe
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(Earth Tango-21) - A revolution is in progress. Candidate Barrack Obama and all his echoes across the universes-in-parallel are addressing Americans in sentences with words containing more than one syllable.

No longer are simple slogans and double-speak responses to important issues acceptable. Oh, it hurts our little brains to have to think about complex issues, but it's something that citizens of the 21st century are just going to have to do.

Hey, wasn't this what we went to school for? Let's not allow the "pundits" to take the focus off the real issues which Mr. Obama addresses. Ignore the trivial.

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Leonardo April 6, 2008 7:16 am (Pacific time)

Perhaps I'll address it in a future Nota Bene.

Samson April 5, 2008 9:34 am (Pacific time)

For teacher Glen. I recall you had mentioned you were a teacher and a big supporter of the NEA. So what's your take on the below WSJ article? "School Choice - Now More Than Ever Wall Street Journal ^ | April 5, 2008 | JASON RILEY This week's revelation that 17 of the nation's 50 largest cities have high school graduation rates below 50% surely saddened many. But it surprised few people attuned to the state of U.S. public education. Proponents of education choice have long believed that dropout rates fall when families can pick the schools best suited for their children. So news that Sol Stern, a veteran advocate of school choice, is having second thoughts about the ability of market forces to improve education outcomes is noteworthy. Mr. Stern explains his change of heart in the current issue of the indispensable City Journal, a quarterly magazine published by the Manhattan Institute. And his revised views on the school choice movement warrant a response. Inside of two decades, charter school enrollment in the U.S. has climbed to 1.1 million from zero. Two tiny voucher programs in Maine and Vermont blossomed into 21 programs in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Tuition tax credits, once puny and rare, are now sizeable and commonplace. The idea that teacher pay should be based on performance, not just seniority, is gaining ground. Not bad for a small band of education reformers facing skepticism from the liberal media and outright hostility from well-funded, politically connected heavies like the National Education Association." (

Henry Ruark April 3, 2008 9:46 am (Pacific time)

Glen et al: Have BEEN doing so, but now running out of both time and caustic-enough words...and awaiting Congressional and Constitutional action, as now clearly demanded. Envious of your command and control of this format, which has essential and strong impact when so skillfully done as with your output.

Leonardo April 3, 2008 6:00 am (Pacific time)

Take your pick, Hank. Part of the problem is prioritizing, isn't it?

Henry Ruark April 2, 2008 10:02 am (Pacific time)

Glen: Again, friend, all too next question re B.S crisis is "Which One ?"

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