Saturday, December 03, 2005


We were at Lillian Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. Not exactly a garden spot, but hey, you work with what you've got.

Miss Yamamoto was our teacher that year. Only now can we appreciate her cojones. Because during one memorable school assembly, Miss Yamamoto brought her flock to the stage to sing "War" by Edwin Starr.

Of course we weren't as good as Starr. We weren't very good at all, really. But we can still remember standing in front of parents and other adults and singing at the top of our lungs: War can’t give life, it can only take it away.

We heard the song tonight while tooling across Springfield and wondered: Could an elementary-school teacher get away with such hubris today? Good God, y'all.

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