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The Arkansas Times endorses DIANNE CURRY in the runoff for the Zone 7 seat on the Little Rock School Board. Curry, who led a four-way race Sept. 19, works in the state Education Department’s office of accountability, is a former PTA president, a former member of the school district’s strategic planning commission and mother of a Parkview student. Endorsed by the Classroom Teachers Association, she vows to rebuild trust and morale in a district riven by autocratic leadership.

Curry deserves endorsement on her merits. But she’s particularly deserving against opponent Tom Brock, now serving on the School Board by appointment. He referred to teachers in a public school board meeting as “horse’s butts,” an insult that would have gone unreported but for this newspaper. What’s more, he refused to acknowledge uttering the slur when we asked him about it. Such behavior by a student would merit suspension. It’s a measure of how the business community views teachers that Brock’s backers, including the Democrat-Gazette, instead praise him for his straight talk. Loathing teachers is good enough for their endorsement. Not for ours. Expel Brock.



Scapegoat

No matter the date, it is always B.C. — blaming Clinton time. Six years after he left the White House, the Clinton haters — right-wing extremists, mostly, and savage partisans — still saddle him with every national misfortune. The current administration presides over one disaster after another and not only escapes criticism but wins praise. Lying to justify an endless war that spills American and Iraqi blood to no good purpose, exhausts the treasury and rouses the hatred of the rest of the world? George W. Bush is a freedom fighter. Violating civil liberties and endorsing torture? He’s protecting America from terrorists. (Foreign terrorists, that is.) The few rich getting richer and the many poor getting poorer? The president is letting the market work, and good for him. Making deals with big drug companies at the expense of the sick? The president is not letting the market work, and good for him. Impugning the patriotism and courage of those who disagree with the administration’s policies? Telling a United States senator, in the Senate chamber, to go **** himself? The president and vice president are straight talkers.

Clinton is even charged with 9-11, which occurred on his successor’s watch, and when he tries to defend himself, he is said to be throwing a hissy fit. Responding to hostile questions — accusations, really — from TV interviewer Chris Wallace, Clinton asked why Wallace hadn’t asked members of the Bush administration similar questions. Wallace said he had. A Lexis-Nexis search showed he had not. The Clinton haters have never cared for truth.


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