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May 22, 2014

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TERRE HAUTE — Regulation doesn’t benefit country

There never existed a pure and perfect unadulterated economic system. There also never existed pure and perfect unadulterated human beings. We can expect the same in the future. The world, our society and all institutions must function with imperfect human-beings. Realizing this, man must discover and learn to live and function within the best society and institutions he can make.

One aspect of society as I see it is the more and greater powers our government and our government regulatory agencies have and/or get will necessarily hinder and sometimes remove competition in the marketplace. The competitive element in a marketplace for companies to surpass other companies or stores by providing better goods and services becomes hindered or removed. What necessarily follows are bad companies and businesses acting not to get caught by any regulatory agency when they act to provide unsafe, dangerous, deceptive or harmful products or services.  

This situation can exist and continue for awhile or a long time. Regulatory agencies do not necessarily make for a safer marketplace. What the government regulatory agency watchman does to the public is give the public a false sense of safety and protection. What government intervention in the marketplace does is unfairly remove and/or reduce the benefits of competition.

You may think this sounds nonsensical, but it is not. At present, with the powers and authority our federal regulatory agencies have, we should be the safest country with no misleading, false, unsafe, dangerous or untrustworthy products or services. Again, in many cases the benefits of competition between companies to produce safer products and services through government intervention and/or regulation has been reduced and/or eliminated.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute

Treat park with more respect

I love Deming Park. I believe it is one of the jewels of Terre Haute. I played there with my children in the 1970s and ’80s and, later, with my grandchildren.  

These days I get my exercise walking at the park in the morning. On a recent day I chatted with Ron Shaffer, Deming Park manager, at one of the picnic shelters, which he was cleaning. To my amazement, I learned that if I had arrived before Mr. Shaffer and his staff came to clean it up, I would have seen trash and litter throughout the park left by weekend picnickers.

I am astonished by this. I wish people using “my” park and “their” park would treat it with the love and respect that I have for it.

— Judith Brett

Terre Haute

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