Misunderstanding the principle of separation of church and state continues to produce absurd results. After receiving a complaint from the ACLU, the town of Bellingham, Maine decided to end the practice of snow plowing church parking lots even though the service had been performed “as long as there have been churches in the town.” Another complaint, this time by a parent of a public school child, caused a Madison, Wisconsin school district to end field trips to Salvation Army sites where students would ring bells to help solicit donations. "Contributions by students to the community are very valuable," said school district spokesman Ken Syke, "but we have to keep that separation [of church and state]" -- World magazine blog.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.