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Tom Huerkamp: required reading

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Dear HCN,

Paul Larmer's skillful account of Tom Huerkamp's magnificent struggle to hold prison expansion at bay in Delta County (HCN, 6/26/95) ought to be required reading for every county administrator in this country. If ever there was a classic example of how dumb untended markets can be, it has been the rush to incorporate prisons into the production-consumption continuum, converting them into engines for assuring the economic survival of rural communities.

John H. Sherwood

Boulder, Colorado

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