by Tom Rogan
April 16, 2020
Asked why he had established the death penalty as the punishment for all crimes, the ancient Athenian lawgiver Draco responded that the lesser offenses deserved death, and that he could think of no harsher sentence for more serious offenses.
This is why, today, we derive the term “draconian” from his name. And his legendary example appears to be inspiring three county commissioners in the picturesque town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Just think of them as a modern-day triumvirate of local government tyranny.
Even though Routt County’s population is less than 30,000 strong, and less than 50 county residents are known to have contracted the coronavirus, the commissioners have passed a public health order requiring all citizens to wear face masks while in a place of public business.
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