An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon May 18, 2015 06:18 AM CDT

It's 10 a.m. on a mid-May day and the temperature in Washington, D.C., is already pushing 80. Beware, this premature summer heat warns: Sticky, muggy, dispiriting months lie ahead in the nation's capital.

In the days before air conditioning, much of Washington decamped every summer to cooler climes. These days Congress takes only August off. Hard as it is to shed a tear for an institution with an approval rating only a hair above single digits (…), you have to pity our Congressmen sweating through the summer in their suits and ties.

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