"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)

It’s a good idea anyway

We’ve long liked the idea – tried in a number of times and a number of places – of “Capitol for a Day,” where top state leaders, usually including the governor, descend on some distant community. It lets the local people meet their state leaders and say their piece to them. And it exposes state people to constituents who don’t wear suits and aren’t being paid to get something. It’s nice symbolism on top of that.

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s revival of the idea stands as sound, a point that ought to be re-emphasized in the wake of this in the Spokane Spokesman-Review: “Shoshone County wasn’t too captivated by Gov. Butch Otter’s visit Tuesday, with only a mother and her home-schooled son showing up for the ‘Capitol for a Day’ session. But that didn’t mean Kingston resident Dawn Hauff and her 10-year-old son Dan were alone with the governor in the Wallace Senior Drop-in Center. About 40 people crammed into the room, but they didn’t exactly count as ‘average citizens.’ All were elected or held some type of government job.”

Note to the governor: The fact that you didn’t have an automatic flash mob at Wallace doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. The fact that the results weren’t entirely under control may mean you were doing something right.

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