Letters: Some regulations are helpful, don't ditch them all

August 30, 2013 

In "End Regulations" (Letters, Aug. 23), Melvin Lilly says "... so many people have the opinion that ... Congress creates jobs." This is one of those things, I seldom hear in the first person, but often in the second.

Occasionally, I may hear "we" can create jobs, as in society and government.

While a personal trainer might also tell you, "We can eliminate that fat," you know full well that you are the one who will do the work, not him.

In my humble opinion, regulations are a two-edged sword: Some are good, some bad. Some we need, some we don't.

Some are enforced, some are not. Some are a result of business trying to gain an upperhand though campaign contributions (i.e., mandatory health insurance, ISP zoning, pharmaceuticals, etc.).

All laws are also a form of regulation.

Hanford itself is a result of regulations, and environment concern.

While the 2008 financial collapse is the result of a "lack" of banking/mortgage regulations.

Like a lot of disagreements, Lilly's and mine is more a matter of degree than principle, of distance instead of direction.

I agree, there are bad regulations, but also good ones, and we need to get rid of the bad ones and create (and enforce) more good ones.



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