"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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The politically marginal east Clackmas/Multnomah Senate district held for years by Democrat Rick Metsger will be sought by Brent Barton, new House member from the area; he’s helped with a $50,000 infusion from his attorney father . . . Proposed in King County: budget cuts killing 367 jobs and support for 39 pages, and other things . . . King County executive Seattle Times interviews to be live-streamed at 2 p.m. . . . Neighboring Oregon City and West Linn will be cut off for two years with the Arch bridge closure (for repairs) . . . Hopes of re-opening Tamarack this winter . . . First swine flue – ah, H1N1, death in Idaho . . .

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