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Prisoner Literacy Obscure & Outdated

A news item you might want to use in the paper: Washington Post (Feb. 18, l997) reported that the OMB [a federal budget office] compiled a "secret list" of 254 federal programs that could be cut to save money. They wouldn't release the entire list at that time (I think they released it, at least in part, a few weeks ago), for fear of alerting: "special interest groups." Instead, they released a short list of "selected terminations," including: Research on cranberry and blueberry disease; literacy programs for prisoners; 5 federal highway projects; and "several other obscure or outdated programs."

I guess we [prisoners] fall into the same general category as sickly cranberries. No wonder I've never liked Thanksgiving!

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