Regarding the March 3 guest column by Timmons and Johnson regarding regulating trade and manufacturing in Washington, I would like to point out that regulations are what protect the rest of us from the people Timmons and Johnson represent. Regulations that protect our lives, air, water, and property from lax product and worker safety, pollution and greed are a vital necessity.
Look at Bhopal, Beijing, Ludlow and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory for examples of the dangers of unregulated business. Commerce is not the only good thing in Washington. The few stand to make a great deal of money by taking from the many of us who rely on clean air and water and products that won’t kill us while we use or make them.
A fair living is one thing, taking the money and running while leaving a smoldering ruin behind is quite another. That, Mrs. Timmons and Johnson, is why we have regulations, to protect us ordinary citizens.