Tom Brokaw wrote an excellent op-ed in the New York Times this morning about things that states and localities might do to improve their efficiency. For the most part I agree with him. Duplication of efforts with regard to services, higher education, etc. are places to look for consolidation. Having a college, university, or community college within a community's boundaries have almost become a right. Where I will take issue however is how we balance community pride and well-being over efficiency. That is the rub.