A. Barton Hinkle on the Latest Bureaucratic Nonsense from Government Regulators


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For a city that can't keep its own house in order, Richmond, Virginia, sure seems eager to make other people straighten up theirs. As A. Barton Hinkle explains, at the same time the city is embroiled in a disturbing scandal centering on the child-welfare arm of its Social Services department, Richmond officials have been handing out dubious violations for unlicensed porches and other sorts of petty bureaucratic nonsense. Don't those government officials have anything better to do with their time?