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[Susan notes: It's good to put Paige's remarks in a larger context.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Re "Paige Finds Schools Act a Tough Sell," March 29: Education Secretary Rod Paige's address to elementary school principals renewed my sense of outrage over his labeling the National Education Assn. a "terrorist organization." That remark was much more than a "poor choice of words." It shows that Paige has a disrespect for the memory of those who died at the hands of true terrorists on and since 9/11.

I view the remark as part of a disturbing pattern the Bush administration has for labeling anyone who disagrees with its position as un-American, cynically giving noble names to hateful legislation and its willingness to exploit the events of 9/11 for political gain. I don't want an apology from Paige, I want a resignation.

Michael Meade

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