- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I agree that the government has unnecessarily taken product safety standards too far (“Lead in the head,” Editorial, Thursday).

Unfortunately, the complete eradication of all risk is simply not a possibility. As lawmakers continue trying to make Americans safer without regard for the economic consequences, we are all paying the price. The costs of compliance with these strict regulations are merely passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices and less variety on our store shelves. The incentive for entrepreneurs and small businesses to innovate also is hampered by the unpredictability of such laws.

Ordinary Americans would be far better served by the boon to employment that repealing these measures would bring than by the facade of safety that Congress continues to foist upon us.

ROBERT WOOLSEY

Alexandria

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