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CHINESE PEACHES

  THE CONTRARIAN PART ONE – CLOVERBELT —  I am happy to see the name “Cloverbelt” being resurrected and used widely in rural Dryden.  We now have the Cloverbelt Country Farmers Market, the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op, the Cloverbelt Abattoir … Continue reading

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PROPORTIONAL REPRESTENTATION

THE CONTRARIAN   The colonial system. All the smart worthy people live in the center, and the rest live in the colonies.  This creates a powerful drag, almost like gravity, moving everything toward the center, the biggest city.  It works … Continue reading

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Bright young lawyer needed

THE CONTRARIAN As city engineer I went to court on a few occasions, either as a witness or to support one of our guys. On one occasion our case was delayed, and I sat through the case before ours.  That … Continue reading

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A POLITICAL DISCUSSION

THE CONTRARIAN I see the split in modern society as a tug-of-war between two different basic assumptions or prejudices. One side believes we are born totally virtuous, a clean slate, and all evil is imparted by society.  So if we … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Crowds

THE CONTRARIAN — Contrarians like the book “The Wisdom of Crowds”, by James Suroweiki. It starts with the premise that there is a thread of common opinion or belief in any large group of people. It offers case histories to … Continue reading

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WHEN IS A CITY TOO BIG?

THE CONTRARIAN There is a theory in urban planning that there is an optimum size for a city. Quality of life gets better as the city gets bigger up to the optimum size, and then the problems grow while the … Continue reading

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CARBON TAX AND CODFISH

THE CONTRARIAN A PAGE FROM WILLIE BRANTS DIARY – Joe and I were playing a few hands of crib to pass away a snowy Saturday afternoon.  Just to make conversation, I remarked that there seems to be a lot of … Continue reading

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