Rural America: “If government’s the problem, shoot it”

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April 11, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor
by Walter Rodgers  
Posted in Commentary

"Misty of Chincoteague is one of those books you really wanted to believe as a kid: A shipload of Moorish ponies destined for the New World founders in a storm off the Virginia and Maryland barrier islands. The author tells us that for centuries they roamed 'free, free, free,' on Assateague and Chincoteague as 'the ponies adopted the New World as their own.' Today, the ponies still roam the islands, wild as ever. ... There’s no evidence that a Spanish ship carrying ponies sank there. A better explanation, historians say, is that these horses represent the grand American traditions of tax evasion and rural lawlessness." (04/11/11)  

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