"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.

Blue book, online

blue book

The every-other-year Oregon blue books have had wonderful covers for years, and the new one out today – just online at the moment, though in print in a few weeks – follows the tradition.

The covers are chosen by contest, and hundreds of people typically submit prospects. This one: ““Strawberry Hill Sunset” was taken in March 2011, by John Pedersen of Beaverton. John used his Canon 5DmkII camera and Canon 16-35mm lens to capture this image at sunset on the Oregon Coast, south of Yachats near Strawberry Hill.”

Looking forward to checking out the inside as well …

(Idaho has biennial blue books as well, traditionally with plain but dignified dark blue covers. Washington doesn’t have such a publication.)

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