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Keep the light shining on government


A couple of decades ago, the Jefferson Memorial was decaying, rapidly. Maintenance workers discovered the problem: washing away the excessive bird droppings so often was affecting the monument. It turned out that the birds were attracted by the bugs which were attracted by the bright lights illuminating the memorial all night. The solution? Reduce how long the monument was lit. Soon, the Jefferson Memorial was stable yet still clean.

Sometimes, though, less light is bad. Very bad. The Father of American Democracy, Thomas Jefferson, was a proponent of individual rights and advocated for a stron...

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