"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)

Those invest, and those who beg

A fine broader-picture post in the Slog, pointing out the relative effects of Seattle’s publicly-owned electric power utility on Seattle and on the place where its major dam is located, Pend Oreille County.

The benefits have been mutual, in general, but now Pend Oreille has come begging – needing more money than it originally was getting. Check out the whole story; several useful lessons can be pulled from it.

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