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From Andy’s Pen

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 6:05 am

This first: Lest anyone misconstrue what I’m writing, I have no idea what Monroe City’s elementary teachers tell their students. I’m not making some veiled criticism of anything that happens around here. These words are aimed at easy targets, those mysterious teachers somewhere who must have done something wrong, the antecedents behind the they in so much of what we talk about. “Do you know what they’re teaching down in

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