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Clean air can be expensive

Thank you for your editorial, "Who Shapes the Laws," July 2.

I just spent over $1,000 to comply with California emission standards to bring my 1974 VW van up to snuff. So, I complied with the law and I'm doing my part to keep our environment cleaner.

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I wish I had had President Bush in my corner to give me an extension to help me fix my VW at a more reasonable price. Why should industry be allowed to circumvent the law? John Axel Hansen, Capitola, Calif.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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