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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Con libertad y justicia para todos

The St Paul Pioneer Press alerts us to this story out of Lakeville.

"Minnesota educators leading students in the Pledge of Allegiance would be barred from using a Spanish version of the pledge under legislation announced Monday by Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall."

What brought this fine example of government "interference" was word that the principal of the Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville was leading the children in the Pledge of Allegiance in English AND Spanish! The principal says he was doing it to "practice his Spanish". OK......

Our ever-judgemental friends at the Star Tribune (Prairie Pravda as Amendment X calls it) had this headline in
reporting on the situation.

"Reciting 'Pledge' in Spanish raises hackles"

Compare that the the Pioneer Press' headline which simply said "Bill would bar Spanish pledge in Schools". Just reporting the facts ma' bias here.....

Thankfully, the Lakeville area has a Rep with an ounce of common sense.

"Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, said the controversy has stirred much talk in her community. The consensus? "The pledge is not the thing to practice your Spanish on," she said. "I think the majority believe that if you're in this country, you should speak English."

On one hand, I hope that this is just electioneering grandstanding. I would like to think that there is not an overwhelming demand for this. Then again, given that we already have "Nuestro Himno" maybe it is necessary.


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