The letters to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette never cease to be instructive. A couple of weeks ago, a letter showed up that still has me shaking my head. I confirmed that the staff of the D-G’s editorial page followed the usual confirmation policy by contacting the writer, but I’m not sure whether the writer was serious or satirical. In fact, I’m not even sure the name is real.
“How many antipsychotic med injections could have been purchased for the cost of the replacement of the monument?”I was mostly lost in the one college economics course I took, but I totally grasped the part about economics being the allocation of limited resources among unlimited wants. I grew up watching my mother double-check the Safeway receipt in the days when prices were keyed in by hand and use a straightedge to mark through an extra principal payment on the mortgage amortization printout.
The installation of a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol has never registered high on my personal concern-o-meter. I doubt its enthusiastic supporters were motivated by either historic commemoration or devotion to a God who has never seemed overly fond of graven images, but I’ll let the courts figure out whether it rises to the level of unconstitutional establishment of a favored religion. I just can’t get worked up about it.
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