"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)

This’ll go over big

In the state whose officials seem to want never to be outdone in their castigation of government, you get something like this and wonder where the next shriek will come from …

On Tuesday, the state Land Board, chaired by Gov. Butch Otter, approved an $85,000 public relations plan calling for plaques proclaiming Idaho’s ownership to be stuck on state-owned commercial properties, including office and retail buildings in downtown Boise, and a self-storage facility to the city’s southwest.

No doubt all the agencies and services facing severe budgetary cutbacks will be delighted about that spending choice …

Not aware, BTW, of any comparable program in Oregon or Washington, those more governmentally-oriented states …

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  1. mark said:

    Shades of the plaques that adorn the cedar trees in Land Board State Park, now a ten acre island in the middle of the many thousand acre clearcut known as the Floodwood State Forest. Each tree is named for a member of Land Boards past.

    November 25, 2010

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