Richard Rahn’s piece (“How to make the government behave,” Commentary, July 23) is too good-natured. We would not be vexed by the overreach of petty officials if polite correspondence could cut through their intransigence.
There are public-sector employees at all levels who are conscientious about their work, and they perform essential tasks that are rightly done by governments. But many others act with impunity as little tyrants, perhaps because they regard kindness as a form of weakness and because it is difficult or impossible to rein them in.
When government employees who have regulatory or enforcement power become liable to swift and public prosecution for abusing their authority, many of them will improve their style of interacting with the public. Until that time, our best course of action is to seek to reduce the influence of government across the board.
DANIEL G. MARTINEZ