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Durham drops the “progressive” ball

Durham has a national reputation for wacky progressivism, but its credential may get pulled by the local-government Comintern, or whatever organization passes out “progressive” seals of good housekeeping.

Durham’s health department has for several years offered “free” flu shots to anyone older than six months. Of course, they’re not really free, as anyone who understands Economics 101 (which excludes most Durham public officials) can tell you. The taxpayer pays, and businesses (like pharmacies) that once offered the shots pretty much at cost, are left out in the cold.

But in Worcester, Mass., another lefty-lib bastion, officials show that Durham is definitely in the second-string of “progressive” jurisdictions:

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts is asking citizens to bring their weapons to the police department next weekend as part of the city’s annual “Goods for Guns Buyback Program.” In return for the guns, the city will offer gift certificates, and – a free flu shot.

“City residents, or residents of any other community, may bring their unwanted weapons, unloaded and wrapped in a bag, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to the Worcester Police headquarters in Lincoln Square, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 to the Worcester Division of Public Health, 25 Meade St.”

This is no new program, it’s been offered in Worcester since 2002, so Durham has no excuse for their unforgivable lapse in nanny-state do-gooderism by missing a chance to blackmail local residents into giving up their firearms. All they had to do was use Google to see how real “progressives” undermine essential freedoms.

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