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Letter: Deregulation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Published 03/07/2012, Park Rapids Enterprise

Before attacking the programs and regulations of the government, one should look at why and how we got the regulations in the first place. For example, the requirement that boats be drained and cleaned when removed from lakes is to stop the spread of aquatic plants and organisms in our lakes and water ways. If we look to the south of us, we should be glad these regulations are in place. I don’t think anyone wants those plants and organisms here. Nor would we want unsafe air travel, unsafe food or appliances. The recent mining accidents were blamed on weak or poorly enforced regulations. Most property owners like the protection provided by zoning and roads. We all like fire and police protection, provided by various levels of government. These are protections most people want and appreciate, because they provide us freedom to live our lives without fear of pollution and unsafe conditions.

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