"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

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Annals of free enterprise: or, be careful what you wish for. Southwest Idaho’s Kuna has been, in recent years, a place celebrating growth and minimal government hindrance of same. Business is more than welcome.

Enter Best Bath, a manfacturer of showers and bath units (notably for the disabled), and which according to some of its neighbors is a highly noticable presense. In an Idaho Statesman story today: “But Kuna homeowners who live near the business park where Best Bath has another facility — and plans to move its Boise operations — told the Kuna City Council on Tuesday they will not tolerate odors from the plant, which would more than triple in size under company plans. More than 100 people turned out for the meeting. South Kuna residents expressed outrage that they were not told when they bought their homes about Best Bath’s planned expansion or its chemical emissions. Now, some say they are being told by real estate agents that they must disclose that information when selling.”

How many of these people make the connection with that dreadful “government regulation” -r – gasp – land use rules? The presumption, at least, long has been that a lot of people moved to the Kuna and Southwest Community area to escape just such regulation.

You could ask their legislators – Bill Sali, for instance – about it and see what they think . . .

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