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Terri's Tale


Hugh McInnish

Let me begin with full disclosure. Terri Fulton is a friend of mine and a business associate. Today we also are connected through our commitment to defeating the Hubbert-Riley Tax Plan. When moved by her conscience Terri is an indefatigable worker, and this she certainly is in her present cause.

On Friday evening, August 31 she and three friends were working a ball game at Elkmont High School in Limestone County. They were distributing literature arguing against the tax in the conventional way, by placing the literature on the windshields of cars in the parking lot. As she was finishing her distribution, she was accosted, first, by Mr. Murray, a Limestone County Deputy Sheriff, then by the assistant principal of Elkmont School. Both demanded that she and her friends remove the literature from the cars. Jerry Witt is the principal of Elkmont High, and by radio he repeated the demand to remove everything.

Terri and her friends removed some of the literature, then got in their car and left. Presently flashing blue lights appeared in the rear-view mirror. Deputy Murray had chased them down. Murray demanded to see Terri's drivers license and ordered her to return to the school and remove the remaining literature, which she did.

Does the arrogance of the Public Education Mafia know no bounds? Have they no shame? Apparently not. Armed with a bogus opinion from Attorney General Bill Pryor they have launched an all-out attack on the taxpayers using public property, public facilities, public employees, and of course money from the very ones they are attacking, the taxpayers themselves.

But egregious as their misbehavior has been, we see here in Terri Fulton's experience that they will even stoop to misuse of the police power to squelch opposition to their grand plans for an Education Reich. I do believe, however, that they may have over stepped. I'm not sure, but I think I detect a backfire. We can help with the ignition if we will distribute as widely as we can the story given here, as well as the numerous other examples of atrocious behavior of these zealots.

I mentioned the opinion of Attorney General Pryor. I believe that his opinion is that, yes, the laws of Alabama do prohibit the practices presently being employed by the education establishment in political campaigns, but this tax referendum is not a political campaign!

What, then, does the word ''political'' mean? Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary says that it means, among other things, ''... concerned with the making as distinguished from the administration of government policy.'' The Fifth Edition of Black's Law Dictionary says that it means ''Pertaining or relating to the policy or the administration of government, state or national.'' These definitions are compatible with those found in other dictionaries.

Taxes are certainly a matter of government policy, and the tax referendum that we are debating is the means of determining what the tax policy of the government is to be. It is unquestionably a political election. Mr. Pryor seems to be having trouble reading and understanding the English language. This is a deficiency he shares with many judges, yet he himself is being considered for the federal bench.

In his present position Bill Pryor has proven himself a threat to common sense. If he becomes a federal judge, what might we expect?

1 Sep 03