Banning the bulb
The following letter is a response to the article “California says goodbye to 100-watt bulb.”
“I am a strong believer in efficient markets. If the technology were such that the efficiency of the alternative were better than the incandescent at an appropriate price then the markets would transition accordingly. However, as evidenced in the market, the current alternative lighting in existence does not meet the expectations of the masses and, therefore, the alternative is relying on government regulations to sustain itself. I am opposed to this kind of interference; nonetheless, I will sell the bulbs if mandated.”
— Jeffrey Gamss
Greenhill Industrial Supply
Healthcare reform: Repeal by the roots?
As politicians revisited last year’s healthcare reform plan, HCN solicited viewpoints on the wisdom of repealing the reform altogether. Here are two responses:
“In my view the cost of health care must be addressed, but to pass a monster healthcare bill with more than 2,000 pages that almost no one read before they voted to pass it was ludicrous at best and stupid at worst. All the regulations that were woven into the bill will impact every section of our economy. The last time I checked we don’t have citizens dying in the streets because they couldn’t get emergency health care, so the sense of urgency was hard to understand.
“The politicians need to identify the problems and then come up with the solutions and fine-tune the best healthcare system in the world — not destroy it. If they want to address the spiraling costs, they need to pass tort reform to do away with defensive medicine and the frivolous lawsuits, which costs hundreds of millions a year. They need to go after fraud and abuse to recover taxpayer money that shouldn’t have been paid out to begin with, and make it understood fraud and corruption will no longer be tolerated. Our country is on the verge of bankruptcy, and to pass huge spending bills is irresponsible.”
— Bill Bates
R.P. Johnson & Son, Inc.
“Any attempt to repeal health care is short-sighted, anti-people and anti-business. What we need to do is move beyond this first step and quickly move to a single payer system. This will reduce overall costs to bo