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Liberals whine. Conservatives rage.

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By Sherry Robinson

Listening to a particularly inane discussion in a Senate committee one recent day, I caught myself thinking, “Geez, they sound like a bunch of whining liberals.”

Yeah, I know. That will surprise a few people. Not the whining but my response.

The subject was the new constitutional requirement that Public Regulation Commissioners have more education and experience. The whining, from people I usually consider intelligent, was about how the requirements might be unfair to somebody. By that logic, we’re all qualified to be judges, too. I’ve written before that this commission must make difficult decisions based on hours of technical testimony. Voters agreed by a large margin, and yet some of these people were prepared to ignore voters’ wishes.

Whiners surfaced again during a House floor debate of a measure to study the possibility of a humane slaughter and processing facility as a remedy to the state’s thousands (yes, thousands) of unwanted horses. What we heard was an hour or so of hanky wringing about how much everyone loved horses, interrupted by bursts of reality from ranchers, who also love horses.


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