A brand new E-Zine hit the internet today with the first issue of Common Sense 2. A few excerpts:
Words Matter by Chuck Brown:
"I’m driving in stop-and-go traffic, looking at the American flag and ribbon on the car in front of me. Another Bush lover, waving the flag, supportin’ the war and just feeling like a super-patriot. I’m thinking - what a jerk! Then it hits me: Who’s the real jerk here? How did they get this deep into my head? I’m mentally conceding that the American flag stands for right-wing things. How come when I saw that flag I didn’t think of Lincoln freeing the slaves? I didn’t think of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence or Tom Paine’s Common Sense. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” did not come to mind. How did the American flag come to stand for their things?"
How No Child Left Behind is affecting our schools, by Anonymous:
"The school secretaries have been overwhelmed with the paperwork to document student attendance. I wonder how much time and materials are being used to get all absences documented. Due to NCLB standards every child must have a parental signature for every absence and the school is left to send somewhat threatening follow-up notes to every student that does not turn in a signed absence form. Many of my students have received up to 10 notices for ONE absence…"
The Rhetorical Power of "Support Our Troops" by Dr. Michele Ramsey:
"For example, we might note that the ultimate support would be to not unnecessarily put them in harm’s way based on false or misleading intelligence. We might ask them what they think the morale of the troops is as they’ve learned about the false and misleading intelligence that got them there to begin with. We might note that the military is made up of individuals and many, including Iraq veterans, are against the war; therefore the monolithic abstraction TheTroops, is problematic."
There's much more on unsung heroes to health care to "That Woman." Go read the new publication and tell us what you think.