The Nation: Going to the People

More and more, the voters are deciding complex social issues

Middleburg Heights, Ohio, will get a $213,725 aerial ladder for its fire department. Independence, Mo., will not get a board to review the actions of its police department, and the citizens of Miami have gone on record as approving the sale of beer in the Orange Bowl. Small beer, perhaps, to everyone except imbibers in Miami, but some more momentous decisions were also made last week. The citizens of Pittsburgh voted 2 to 1 to relax pollution-control laws, hoping to open up new jobs in...

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