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November 25, 1997

Editorial

Silence, Anyone?

MONTGOMERY, Jan. 13 -- State Rep. Perry Hopper Jr. intended to introduce a bill today requiring that public schools observe a moment of silence each morning. However, as a result of a clerical error the bill, which passed with a large majority, calls for "a moment of song.'' Rep. Hipper, who recently announced his candidacy in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor this year, was unavailable for comment. A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union said that the bill would be challenged by ASCAP.

MONTGOMERY, Jan. 20 -- Public schools throughout Alabama are struggling to interpret Rep. Hoopoe's Moment of Song Bill, accidentally passed by the Legislature last week. "My class begins the day with `Louie Louie.' It's offensive!'' said one fourth grader who did not wish to be identified. In some schools violence has broken out. Rep. Hippo was unavailable for comment. A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union said, "The lesson here is that we should sing songs at home.''

MONTGOMERY, Jan. 27 -- The Alabama Legislature met in an emergency session today in order to fix the language of Rep. Popeye's Moment of Song [sic] Bill. As a result of a clerical error the new bill, which passed with a large majority, calls for "a moment of sirens.'' Rep. Hophop, who recently announced his resignation from politics, was unavailable for comment.

-- Dan Silver


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The Harbinger, Mobile, AL