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Is it government’s duty to control weeds? (Part I)

By Nathan Barton A correspondent recently asked me an interesting question.  Is it government’s duty to protect us from weeds?  Is it government’s job to control weeds? Although he was asking the question regarding a particular subject, in reality, there … Continue reading

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The priorities of government

By Nathan Barton (Note: This, in a shorter version, was originally a response to a comment to my commentary “The Art of the Deal – January 2018.”) What are the priorities of government?  Of government agencies?  Of government employees? Of … Continue reading

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Fame, wealth, and power, and the greatest of these is… (Part 2 – dealing with predators)

By Nathan Barton In part 1, I tried to dissect this current rash of exposing and (supposedly) punishing sexual predators. Although sexual predation (and abuse) are endemic in human society, those in power, with wealth and influence, and who are … Continue reading

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Dealing with predators

By Nathan Barton The lists get longer and longer – the predators – sexual predators – are being outed and (for the most part) condemned, even expelled from various and sundry events and organizations. On the political side (just in … Continue reading

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The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind

By Nathan Barton I date myself with this column, but that is fine, after spending an evening (while working, I admit) listening to Peter Paul and Mary, and the Kingston Trio, from the long distant 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. What … Continue reading

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Government and essential services and utilities – Yes or No?

By Nathan Barton There are a number of utilities that we all take for granted, as long as we live in a town here in Anglo-America: Water supply and distribution – domestic, potable, uncontaminated irrigation fire-fighting Sanitary sewage collection and … Continue reading

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What did we expect?

By Nathan Barton Seriously. I don’t know if anyone actually ran a poll asking the question, “Do you truly expect the FBI and/or Justice Department to indict Hillary Clinton for her breaking federal law with her ‘private’ e-mail antics?” But … Continue reading

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