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Stepping up in service to public education

haines“Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils, and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priest, & nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance,” said Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe in 1786.

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An Open Letter to Governor Huckabee

hainesDear Governor Huckabee,

Certainly not by creed, but by centuries-long practice, racial prejudice remains a festering pustule on the American psyche. Your erroneous comments last week, asserting that the Dred Scott vs. Sanford decision remains the law of the land, make it abundantly clear how institutional racism remains ‘a thing’ in 2015.

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