McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Opinion

August 27, 2013

EDITORIALS: Back to school costs; Rodeo clown over-reaction

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Another consideration as supply lists are compiled is the strain on young backs as students haul around the thick binders, notebooks and textbooks. The less they have to carry, the easier it will be on their growing bodies.

As teachers devise their lists, we feel confident that they are thinking hard about what their students truly will need for supplies. As schools move more toward the use of computers, Smart Boards and digital devices, we hope the reliance on so many family-provided items can ease up.

With summer vacation drawing to a close, people in our area are getting school supplies together. For some, it will be a serious strain on family finances, and we hope they are able to find help available in their communities.

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Humorless left cannot abide an Obama-mocking clown

The Eagle-Tribune / North Andover, Mass.

Clowns are supposed to be funny, irreverent and mocking of authority. They live by the philosophy expressed by the fictional Chuckles the Clown from the old “Mary Tyler Moore Show” — “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.”

Clowns were never intended to be arbiters of good taste — until now, in today’s humorless, joyless America, where every incident, however minor, is sure to offend someone.

The most ridiculous story of the year — perhaps of the past several years — erupted last week when a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair dared to ply his trade wearing a rubber mask of President Obama.

Let the Festival of Grievance begin!

Democrats in Missouri and, indeed, across the country, exploded in self-righteous fury at the insult to the president. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill issued a statement of outrage that typified the reaction to the Obama-mocking clown.

“The young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse – that somehow it’s ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation,” McCaskill said. “Missouri is better than this and I expect someone to be held accountable.”

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