by Max Brantley
David Koon's story about the West Fork fifth grader, Will Phillips, who had his reasons not to join a Pledge of Allegiance recitation at school and resisted official coercion to do so has continued to circle the globe.
We've received more than 140 comments on a couple of versions of the story, most of them here. Pros far outweigh cons. Publicity on other websites has drawn comments from all over.
Will's mother tells us he'll have some TV time as a result, with interviews scheduled Monday morning on CNN Newsroom and on Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC Monday night.
The wonders of the web. In old paper days, this story wouldn't have traveled much farther than, well, West Fork. And then by bus to get there. Today, it's been highlighted by stumbledupon.com and Huffington Post cited it today. It's driven traffic of 40,000 to 50,000 unique visitors to our site each day this week, which may explain some sluggish running yesterday.