Legislation that would replace many components of 2001's controversial No Child Left Behind Act handily passed the U.S. Senate last week with both Alaska senators voting in favor of the bill.
While some are choosing to stay mum on personal matters until after the Nov. 2nd elections, I'd like to take this moment to share my dirty little secret. I've been volunteering on Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign, helping get the Juneau headquarters up and running, participating in literature drops, distributing signs, bumper stickers, pins, papers and these great new rubber bracelets; but, I didn't vote in the primary elections and I won't be voting in the upcoming elections. In fact, I'm not even a registered voter.
In the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "HMS Pinafore," Sir Joseph, a former member of the British Parliament who has been appointed lord admiral of the queen's navy, recalls how he achieved such great success: "I always voted at my party's call," he sings, "and I never thought of thinking for myself at all."
For those of a certain age, our nation's collective memory of women who have beaten breast cancer goes instinctively to the vision of Betty Ford making a point to wave to well-wishers when she was released from the hospital.
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