"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Data site, with ease of use

A good site for general data – demographic, economic and so on – around the Northwest: Co-backed by the Community Action Partnership and the University of Idaho, the site Indicators Northwest is well worth a look.

It describes itself as “a one-stop source of up-to-date information on states, counties, reservations, and tribes. Whether you work for a non-profit group, private firm or public agency, this site is for you. Here, you’ll find text summaries that highlight major trends in each indicator. You’ll also find information displayed with graphs and maps. Users who want to analyze the indicators further can download data in Excel spreadsheets.”

Check it out.

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