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Paul Rolly: Vouchers help all Sudanese Hispanics

Published November 9, 2007 2:29 am

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Former UTA board member and community activist Bonnie Fernandez received a call prior to the election from "Hispanic School Choice."

When the caller urged Fernandez to support "Hispanic school choice," she asked for more details. Obviously reading from a script, the caller then repeated, "Will you vote for Hispanic school choice?"

When Fernandez asked if "Hispanic school choice" was on the ballot, the caller said "they are trying to get it on the ballot in Texas, but they need Utah to pass it first."

Fernandez informed the woman "Hispanic school choice" is not a ballot question, and the woman said, "We would like you to vote for school vouchers."

Fernandez asked, "If I vote for school choice vouchers, would that help Hispanics?"

"Yes," said the woman. "We need to have school choice vouchers for Hispanics."

Fernandez asked if vouchers would help Sudanese students.

"Yes," said the woman. "It will help all Hispanics."

Money where your mouth is? Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, has said he wants to get rid of government services that compete with private business, including public golf courses.

Funny. The Utah Taxpayers Association, which Stephenson heads, always holds its annual golf tournament fundraiser at the Eaglewood Golf Course, owned by the city of North Salt Lake.

Government intelligence? The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a news release announcing the ceremony today celebrating the launch of the Utah quarter at the Rio Grande Depot.

U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy, it says, will join Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. at the event where the crowd can exchange paper currency for $10 rolls of the newly minted quarters.

The Utah quarter commemorates the completion of the intercontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869.

The government's news release notes the coin bears the inscriptions: E Pluribus Unum, Crossroads of the West, Utah and 1869, "the year Utah entered the union."

If Utah had joined the union that early, it would have been the only state that openly sanctioned polygamy, which wasn't officially rejected in Utah until 1890, six years before its actual statehood in 1896.

The exorcist: Administrators at Muir Elementary in Bountiful usually use the school's e-mail system to notify parents about student achievement, PTA bake sales and upcoming events.

But Principal Kevin Prusse recently used the school system to warn parents: Beware the anti-Narnia.

Prusse alerted parents about the upcoming movie, "The Golden Compass," starring Nicole Kidman. The movie is based on the first of a series of children's books about killing God written by an avowed atheist, the principal said in the school e-mail.

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