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Mon., June 20, 2011, 2:56 p.m.

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Good afternoon, Netizens...


Before I begin rattling the keys too strenuously, I cannot help but point to an excellent article written in Community Comment yesterday named simply, “Happy Father's Day” written by Jeanie of Spokane. I seldom have much to say about Father's Day as my childhood, filled with abuse, prevents me from seeing into the joy and reverence of which Jeanie has written so eloquently. It is only in the last few years that America seems to have come to grips with child abuse to where they admit the horrors of such things actually have taken place. On the other hand, Jeanie has shared a love and respect with everyone that bears thoughtful consideration.


In more recent news, the Richland School Board voted 3-2 this week to prohibit use of the award-winning novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie in classrooms of any grade level. Obviously none of the school board who passed this ridiculous ruling had ever read the book in question, much less visited the Spokane Reservation or nearby Reardan where Alexie was educated. On the other hand, I have read the book, been a frequent visitor to the Reservation and visited Reardan, home to many white families. There is hardly a thing in the True Diary that isn't true, factual and probably did happen as it is depicted in Alexie's book. Shame on the Richland School Board for what I deem to be near-racist behavior.


For what it is worth, Alexie won the National Book Award for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”. I haven't heard from any source, although it might be possible, that someone on the Richland School Board won such a prestigious award for journalism.



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