Closing words from a private-market provocateur

Sounding Board Editorial #17 (May 25, 2008)

Dennis Foster

     And, so we reach the end of this interesting forum.  Our terms on the editorial board went a bit long because of the city elections, but that was fine with me - it gave me more of an opportunity to "sound off" on important issues.  This final comment ran on May 25.

It has been my pleasure to participate as a public member of the Daily Sun’s editorial board these past few months.  The experience has been most satisfying and rewarding.  I want to thank editor Randy Wilson and publisher Don Rowley for their commitment to assembling a diverse group for this task and for allowing us the opportunity to stand on our own soapboxes each Sunday.  My compatriots – Cyndy, Dorlee, Ellie, Marilyn, Bob and Carlton – were thoughtful, articulate and amiable in our conversations about the various issues of the day.

I have tried to use my soapbox to get readers to think outside of the box of the status quo, to better understand what markets can do for us, and to highlight the primacy of individual freedom in our society.  I wrote on issues ranging from privatized schools, establishing property rights for on-street parking, eliminating regulations that prohibit a more vibrant market response to mass transit and housing, questioning what government does, and the immorality of taxing those who have no say.  I hope I have been provocative if not also enlightening.

I’ll close with a book recommendation - “The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom,” by Robert Levy and William Mellor.  These cases, ranging from the detainment of American citizens (Korematsu) to the punishment of a farmer who grew and ate his own wheat (Wickard), present an eye-opening view into how far the court has altered the meaning of the Constitution over the past century.

Dennis Foster has a Ph.D. in economics, teaches at the university level, is an avid Grand Canyon hiker and authors a blog at

     Although I get some positive comments from many of my colleagues at the business college at NAU, I rarely get any favorable comments in the paper.  However, a couple of days after this final editorial, Les Bennett penned this thoughtful response:

To the editor:

Oh no! Don't let Dennis Foster go! His comments in the Editorial Board Soundings have become my favorite part of the Sunday paper. Can't you hire him to continue sharing his provocative and enlightening thoughts -- even occasionally? It would be worth an increase in the Daily Sun subscription price. Thank you, Mr. Foster.


I don't know the writer, but thanks Les!

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