"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.

Surprising lives of the Magic Valley

An excellent argument against the idea that geography equals destiny: A terrifically entertaining piece by Steve Crump of the Twin Falls Times News, about the 10 most remarkable people from the Idaho Magic Valley.

Not famous or influential (though some are), but the people with astonishing life stories, the kind that set you back and make you say, “Whoah …”

Wonder who other regions around the Northwest would come up with?

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