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Devra Torres

Overregulating the Person

Jun. 1, 2012, at 1:26am

New York wants to outlaw the Slurpee.  School bake sales and homemade lunches have fallen under suspicion.  Exorbitant fines have been levied on a peace-loving Idaho couple for moving some dirt onto a dry plot of ground that--sure enough--turned out not to be a wetland after all.  Rules and regulations are sprouting faster than the weeds on our lawn since the three-year-old has learned to turn on the sprinkler.

 

But I fondly remember an institution that took a very different approach.

On my first day of college, President Peter V. Sampo (center, below) of the Thomas More Institute of Liberal Arts sat us down to lay out the rules.

There were three of them. 

Number One: No hanging out in

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