"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)

Ruckelshaus remembers

Anyone who continues to wallow in – or even remembers – Watergate, will be fascinated to read a piece just up on Crosscut, a short memoir (adaptation of a speech) by William Ruckelshaus, the first director of the Enmvironmental Protection Agency under Richard Nixon, and briefly a central figure in the Watergate scandal. Ruckelshaus, though, was one of the small number involved in it to emerge with his reputation intact. He may be best known today for his decision to quit a high position in the federal government rather than take an action he believe was wrong; he fair mark of actual integrity.

Ruckelshaus has lived and practiced law in Seattle since the mid-70s.

The article is a little long but well worth the read.

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