"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)

A Memorial Day count

Today, as we pay special attention to those who died in our nation’s service, seems an appropriate time to note again the numbers from the Northwest of casualties in Iraq.

As of the end of last month (and yes, the actual numbers today are higher):

State wounded deaths
Idaho 230 26
Oregon 409 55
Washington 752 70

Fatalities in Afghanistan: none from Idaho, but nine from Oregon and nine from Washington.

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  1. Joe Moran said:

    I would like to offer a salute and a silent prayer for all of our fallen patriots . I find it most tragic that these young people did not have to die had we not let a ” war monger occupy” the White House with the rubber-stamp of the Supreme Court and the refusal of Congress to accept it’s responsibility. How many more must die or be mutilated before the American people admit to themselves that a dictator is sitting in the oval office and has every intent of keeping the genocidal occupation of the Middle East on going for decades while he destroys our Country and it’s precious Constitution?

    June 5, 2007

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