Cassandra, legendary daughter of Priam and Hecuba, was an ill-fated Trojan oracle. Her renown spread far and wide in the Hellenic world, because she always predicted the worst, and because her predictions—though never believed—always came true.

Some people around eSchool News contend I have something in common with Cassandra—at least in matters political. When it comes to politicians, they charge, I inevitably expect the worst. On the other hand, that's where any resemblance to Cassandra concludes. Nobody around here—and you may trust me on this—has ever accused me of always being right. ...

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