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February 16, 2011 - 12:39 pm

The New Civility TM movement gets all civil on your ass in Idaho:

BOISE — Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna on Tuesday condemned incidents of vandalism and harassment he said he’s suffered amid attempting to overhaul public education.

In particular, he said he discovered Tuesday morning that his pickup truck parked at his home was vandalized, with two of its tires slashed and his last name spray-painted in black with two lines through it.

At a press conference, Luna and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter spoke strongly against the vandalism and two other incidents in which Luna was harassed — one of them at his mother’s house.

Sherri Wood, president of the Idaho Education Association — the state teachers union that is strongly opposed to Luna’s plan — said in a statement that the group has urged its members to act with “civility and professionalism” twice in the last week.

“The IEA condemns vandalism and urges that anyone found to be responsible be prosecuted for their actions,” she said.

The IEA also encouraged Luna to be civil, noting that he used the phrase “union thuggery” recently, according to news reports.

Asked about his choice of words, Luna said he was talking about the incident at his mother’s home.

“I never mentioned the Idaho Education Association,” he told reporters. “If the term ‘union thuggery’ makes them uncomfortable, you might ask them why. … I was talking about what happened at my mom’s home and so if people want to accuse me that my rhetoric was a little too strong in defense of my mom, then I’m guilty.”

Show of hands: How many of you were scanning through the text for the first appearance of “union”?

(Sent in by reader Erika)

David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.
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