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CIGARETTES: Don’t stifle competition

Letter by Robert J. Patterson, Puyallup on March 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm with No Comments »
March 26, 2012 2:55 pm

Re: “Roll your own hurts retailers and state” (letter, 3-24).

Whatever happened to the free marketplace?

This country was founded on entrepreneurship and free market. I am a retired small business owner and have dealt with the state on many issues. The only businesses that get support and breaks from the state are the large corporations, thereby causing the small ones to pick up the slack.

Who will pick up that slack when the government regulates the mom and pops out of business? Most corporations are mom-and-pop operations. If the roll-your-own tobacco shops are harming other companies, then the other companies need to find ways to become more competitive. If they can’t stay competitive, then they need to find new work.

We do not need more regulations to stifle competition in this state. I will try and convince anybody I know to vote against anyone who would further stifle competition and entrepreneurship by voting for House Bill 2565.

It is time to open up our markets to encourage businesses, not stifle them by further regulation. Help the economy, don’t hurt it.

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