"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)

In this week’s Briefings

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Newly installed Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick visits Portland Fire & Rescue at SW 12th and Columbia in Portland, the site of a recent rescue. (photo/from Commissioner Novick, Facebook)

The legislatures move on (well, Oregon’s is in sort of recess, but loads of bills are posted and are being reviewed), and they’ll be a big deal this week.

And winter continues to bear down hard.

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