From the daily archives: Saturday, March 8, 2014

As part of its Draconian efforts to outlaw abortion clinics and all other means of the practice,   the Texas legislature is seriously considering several bills to attack the problem at its primitive source.   With the support of Gov.Rick Perry,  one bill would ban all sexual intercourse except for  cattle.  A lawmaker from a yet unnamed newly gerrymandered  district defended the one exception  as a reasonable concession to protect the state’s time-honored reputation as the steak capital of the world.

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This is the story* of two third grade boys, Brady and Nick.  The two 8-year old boys are neighbors and best friends living in Columbus in a fairly typical north-side neighborhood.  As it so happens, the boys even share the same birthday — August 22, 2005 — and up until this year they attended the same school, Valley Forge Elementary, in the Columbus City School District.

At the end of last school year, Nick’s parents applied for and were granted an EdChoice voucher to send Nick to a private school.  They chose to use the taxpayer-funded voucher ($4,250) […]

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