"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)

Inconvenient in Boise

Idaho may be digging in to the right, but Boise continues shuffling to the left. This is a mere incident, perhaps, but the numbers are telling: Al Gore, scheduled to speak on January 22 about global warming, has sold out his appearance.

That’s not just the 700 seats in the Jordan Ballroom on the Boise State University campus, which would be ranked as decent turnout. No, this is a sellout of the place the speech was moved to after demand exceeded the Jordan’s capacity: The Taco Bell Arena, with 10,000 seats. Those tickets, with an admission charge of $5 each, went up for sale yesterday and were gone by mid-afternoon.

10,000 is a number to reckon with. Boise, as noted here earlier and reflected in last year’s elections, is going through some changes.

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