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Keep economic regulations

In the article "North Debates Global Mandates," June 3, the author quotes John Cregan of the United States Business and Industrial Council as saying that, "Only a growing economy unencumbered by costly regulations can produce enough wealth and technology to deal with these problems." It sounds as if he wants to get rid of regulations to boost the economy. The result would be the hastening of the deterioration of the environment.

By the time it's decided that the economy is strong enough, the problems will be far worse and the cost of dealing with them much higher. They used to call such illogic "penny wise and pound foolish." In the long run, it has always cost far more to fix a problem after the fact than to prevent the problem in the first place. Donna M. Hess, Natick, Mass.

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