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2 More Cents re: NIC’s Potty Mouth

North Idaho College's reacted predictably to the flap caused by English instructor Keith Hunter's inability to watch his mouth was predictable: Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Prez Michael Burke was the worst of the lot in refusing to comment to the story by Marc Stewart/Coeur d'Alene Press. While Burke & Co. are busy circling the wagons, let me say what needs to be said. If Hunter drops the F-bomb, uses the N-word and makes students uncomfortable by crude jokes about bestiality, he's unprofessional and should be reprimanded.

In the '60s and early '70s, when I was in college, teachers like Hunter were everywhere. They tried to be hip with their language and dress. And were a great waste of time and money. However, most were easy A's, so students didn't protest too much. I can't remember anything any of them said other than one clown, who was suppose to be the campus radical, who told his English class that every machine man makes fart sounds. A motorcycle happened to be blasting by.

I can't imagine listening to someone at a newspaper seminar who's use foul language and jokes to make a point. I'd walk out on him or her. So would others. Prediction: Hunter will get away with this because college instructors are allowed to get away with about anything. Gotta protect academic freedom, you know. I doubt that Hunter will change his ways. But at least some students have been warned that he's a teacher to avoid if you want professional instruction.


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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.