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| Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Miami Herald editorializes for keeping public television "free of politics." We're all for that. But what the Herald wants -- in the guise of "editorial integrity" and "independence" -- is the preservation of a taxpayer-funded electronic playground for liberals. Those days must end. ... The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., apologized for his Gitmo/gulag remarks only after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley called the comments of his good friend "a disgrace." Post-apology, Mr. Daley released a statement supportive of Mr. Durbin saying that "public statements can sometimes be misinterpreted." Sometimes. But not this time. ... The other side to the exacerbating problem of illegal aliens is that U.S. businesses are all too willing to employ them. But the Government Accountability Office says authorities aren't doing much about it. Only three employers were threatened with sanctions for hiring illegals last year. The number was 162 in 2003 and 417 in 1999. This, of course, is an open invitation to would-be terrorists. ... Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif., dropped Thomas Jefferson's name because he owned hundreds of slaves. The new name is Sequoia Elementary. Critics note that the Cherokee nation, led by Chief Sequoia, owned thousands of slaves. The district says the school is named after the tree . Pardon us, but the tree is named for the chief. Nice try, though.

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