"Democracies die behind closed doors." --U.S. Appeals Court Judge Damon J. Keith

"Let no man tell us that the work of this world is done only by those persons who have been called by their fellow citizens into seats in the state assemblies and upon the floor of Congress… The great advantage of a system like ours is, that every person -- I do not care if he is a bootblack on the street -- who has anything to contribute to the public weal, has the method opened before him, for the contribution of this opinion and his observation. What follows is, that we get the benefit of the wisdom of all the people, and that all the people are so much wiser than any one of the people."

--Reverend Edward Everett Hale (clergyman/author). Speech at Lyceum Theater. Rochester, NY. 1890.

On a Lighter Note : “Trick or Treat!”

The observance of Halloween, which dates from the Dark Ages, has long been associated with thoughts of the dead, witches, ghosts, devils and other hobgoblins. In the United States, the first recorded instance of a Halloween celebration occurred in Anoka, Minn., in 1921.

36.8 million : The estimated number of potential “trick-or-treaters” — 5- to 13-year-olds — across the United States in 2003, a decline of 274,000 from 2000. Of course, many “kids” older than 13, and younger than 5, also dress up for the holiday.

Source: "Halloween 2004", Facts for Features from the U.S. Census Bureau, August 31, 2004.

Nowadays, the Red Tape Editor is having a hard time keeping up with all the government information at both the state and federal level that's coming out electronically, and quite often only electronically. At any rate, enjoy the following issue which contains all the new items he has discovered in the past two months.

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