May 10, 2010 The Arizona Department of Education told schools that teachers with "heavy" accents are no longer qualified to teach in classes where students may still be learning English. Commentator Andrei Codrescu says this law would have eliminated his 40 years of teaching. He wonders who else would have contributions wiped away from the American landscape by such a mandate.
November 19, 2009 Commentator Andrei Codrescu says bulbs have been dimming, and he's not talking about flower bulbs. It's more like time has been putting out lights. He says when you're 20, you think the future is so bright you're immortal and you need sunglasses. But when you're 60, he says, you're looking forward to retiring and getting to that martini beach in the neon light you can't see your wrinkles by.