Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A new emphasis on the role of local government

"Britain's big gamble puts the citizens at the wheel."

This piece, run recently in the Financial Times looks at a Conservative Party proposal to decentralize programs and focus more on local governments to handle things that used to be the purview of national governments. It is refreshing to see this type of effort discussed in a context that places not only the authority for implementation in local hands, but also the authority for generating revenue.

A similar effort is under way in Washington state: “Gregoire's encouraging push toward a new localism”

Overall, is this a good thing? You tell me.

Memories of the Sequoia

Bright green and sun
Encountering a clearing
An un-passable marsh
Remember the fallen giant?
A natural bridge.
Wide and straight.
Reaching the other side,
The pulled up roots,
Like Medusa's hair.
Bright green and sun.
Oh, the sun.