Government mandate on light bulbs

01/03/2014 5:48 PM

01/03/2014 5:50 PM

The two Thursday stories by Anna M. Tinsley about the new law mandating which light bulbs to use illustrate the government’s intrusive powers and over-regulation.

First, fluorescent bulbs cost more, can’t be dimmed by a rheostat and are made with mercury, a known link to birth defects and behavioral disorders.

If a bulb leaks or breaks, it’s recommended that you open your doors and windows to sweep up the mess. Try telling that to an elderly or disabled person whose movement is compromised. How about during a freeze or heat wave, with doors and windows open?

We should be able to illuminate our homes, businesses, etc., with either option, fluorescent or incandescent, not be force-fed a product that costs considerably more.

Will the government next tell consumers what brand, color or texture of toilet paper to use?

— Delbert Cantrell, Fort Worth

It’s disconcerting that the government bans incandescent light bulbs that are not an immediate danger to the public (hey, we still have cigarettes for sale).

However, if it means that we reduce our dependence on foreign oil, disengaging us from unstable Middle East countries and saving the lives of our American soldiers, I’m all for it.

Consider it a sacrifice for our military. Reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants is icing on the cake.

I never thought I’d say this, but: “Thank you for considering our nation’s future, President George W. Bush.”

— Mark Bauer, Colleyville

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