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Mailbag: Regulations promote public safety

September 30, 2010

Why the fuss about government regulation?

When the writers of the Constitution penned the Preamble with their ideas about what this new democracy should hold as the responsibilities of their government, they included — along with "provide for the common defense," "establish justice," and "insure domestic tranquility" — the important phrase, "promote the general welfare." And since that time national, state and local governments have acted for the safety of we, the people.

We have laws protecting children from lead poisoning. We have laws to forbid children from purchasing alcohol and tobacco. Manufacturers who develop hazardous waste in the process of producing goods are prohibited by law from disposing of that waste in a way that poisons groundwater. Recently, inadequate laws, coupled with the lack of funding for enforcement have harmed many citizens. Salmonella in eggs, the Gulf oil spill and our financial debacle are examples of shirking responsibility.

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I encourage those who say, "We don't want government to control our lives," to think about it. The people of these United States should demand of those we choose to represent us that our government has as its mandate the protection of all citizens.

Jean Raun

Laguna Beach

Three incumbents have his vote

I want to encourage all Laguna Beach voters to reelect Elizabeth Pearson. I worked closely with Elizabeth during the past five years as the city undertook the Bluebird Canyon landslide recovery project. The landslide threatened to have a major impact on the city's ability to provide services and fiscal stability. Under her leadership, the city restored the public infrastructure — and the neighborhood — with no general fund expenditure, no impact on services and a substantial disaster contingency fund to help the city weather any future disaster.

During the five-year recovery project, Elizabeth proved that she is more than a fiscally prudent and responsive council member who cares deeply about our city and is willing to work tirelessly with her colleagues and the community to maintain the city's charm and its strong financial footing.

We have a great City Council, and I would be remiss if I didn't thank Kelly Boyd and Toni Iseman for their hard work. Please join me in voting for Elizabeth, Kelly and Toni. They deserve our support.

Robert Burnham

Laguna Beach

Negative campaigns don't fly in Laguna

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