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The candidates were just asked whether they did (or would) send their kids to public schools.

Edwards noted that all four of his children went to public schools and even worked in a reference to the Emma Claire and Jack -- two mainstays of the 2004 campaign.

Clinton said that while Chelsea went to public school from kindergarten to 8th grade but went to private school once the Clintons came to Washington because she was concerned her daughter wouldn't have any privacy in a public school.

Obama acknowledged that his daughters go to private school but explained that decision was because it was five minutes from his house. Obama used the question to -- again -- pivot to argue that the system needs to be changed to give equality for all.

By Editors  |  July 23, 2007; 8:31 PM ET
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WE have a feature on Union leader .com that allows for rapid public feed back. The UL very seldom prints letters that tell the UL's faults. The UL edits letters to their way of thinking. I write a letter every day and send it to the UL and every other NH newspaper. MY letters are clear, factual and news that the public needs to know. Joe wants feedback on his editorial but only positive. We have kids giving their lives every day so the truth can be told in the news with out fear of government. This is our military. What do we give these Veterans when they return. Nothing unless it is for some politicians political gain. We the Veteran want you to respect what we gave our lives for. "Our Constitution". Joe you talk about stupid criminals but the UL does not tell about Judge Fauver violation the Constitution intentionally to harm NH residents. You refuse to print the opinion of a 100% service connected disabled veteran because you do not believe what he says or Why? Your feature is impressive but hollow.
I was injured three times during my tour in the Marine Corps. Two were received in separate combat support missions. I did eight convoys as an American Advisor. My first kill was with a bayonet. I came back with three serious life changing disabilities. I was rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Administration over 30 years ago. I volunteer to help a Madbury NH family that read my letter to the editor. This family was so desperate they called me (some one they did not know) for help. I have violated no laws but NH declared me a terrorist and put me in jail as a means to scare me. Congress woman Shea-Porter filed a false police report to stop me. When that failed she had a VA DR. Biswas attempt to commit me. Now NH VA director Mark Levenston has stopped my VA medical care. My disabilities are from my tour in the Marine Corps. We have laws and rules to prevent Veteran's medical care from being a political weapon against any Veteran. You the UL have a feature but you refuse to tell the truth. You want to base this opinion on facts, Dover Police file # 7002-942 or NH Supreme Court case 2003-0477. This letter should be printed in every newspaper in the United States because we as United States Veterans deserved to have the facts told when our government officials and judges use trusted powers to harm us. Large or small newspapers could print a disclaimer but these facts exist and will some day be told. Which large or small newspaper across the United States wants a Pulitzer prize story to be first in their newspaper. Send this to NH governor Lynch at
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Posted by: Pamela | July 26, 2007 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Two points:

1. Democratic candidates and elected officials like Clinton and Obama are pro-choice except when it comes to schools for their poor constituents who, unlike themselves, cannot afford private schools. There's a description for such politicians: HYPOCRITES.

2. Democrats are content to look past the real causes of failing public schools so as to keep their supporters in the Teachers Unions content. Causes: No competition since students have no choice in schools; No way to adequately discipline or dismiss failure teachers; No way to appropriately reward outstanding teachers; Unresolved safety concerns and inability to appropriately punish students and school invaders; Poor school physical plant maintenance due to archaic union agreements.
Answers: Competition,competition, competition. Competition, including granting students choice of private or charter schools, will force public schools to perform better. But don't hold your breath with a Democratic Congress and certainly not with a Democratic president. Parents, just continue to
"enjoy" your failing public schools while your political leaders send their kids to private schools.

Posted by: Kasha1 | July 24, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama said his children went to the Lab school because he taught there.

Posted by: Tom | July 24, 2007 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Chelsea went to Sidwell Friends, a Quaker school.
DC has a large Quaker meeting house.

Posted by: NMAIF | July 23, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Clinton should have admitted that Chelsea didn't go to a public school in DC because the DC public schools are lousy.

Posted by: DC Schools | July 23, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

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