National Affairs: The Bluecoats' Revenge

The police of suburban Yonkers, N.Y. (pop. 152,533) normally hand out an average of 82 traffic tickets a day. But last week, before the election, the cops eased off until the daily total dropped to a soothing average of only 27. There was a reason: the cops were hoping that the townspeople would vote them $500-a-year salary increases. The voters turned them down. On the following day, things were different: Yonkers' policemen issued an all-time record of 458 traffic summonses. The next day they plastered Yonkers' cars with 525. The day after that, despite howls of protest, indignant editorials and black...

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