Don’t over regulate food trucks
Regarding the Jan. 17 story, “Proposed Food Truck Ban Causes Stir”: This is the country whose Statue of Liberty opens its arms bravely to “your tired, your poor,” the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” who come here seeking freedom from oppression, asylum from persecution and a new start in life.
So why is the town of Fuquay-Varina and its commissioners and town planners trying to regulate vendors, many of whom are immigrants, by banishing them from commercial areas? These vendors aren’t being given a fair opportunity to work that our great land encourages. Isn’t the planning board of this town persecuting a few hard-working people who are not employable otherwise?
And what harm are they really doing? If we push these vendors into certain limited areas, we are pushing them into oblivion, and straight on the road to the welfare offices. If America is truly the land of opportunity, give these people their right to continue to do their trade and survive, alongside restaurants.
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To many people, these carts are a familiar part of their routines and a way to get a reasonably priced, but nourishing lunch. To reiterate the words of Art Sheppard, CEO of the RDU Mobile Food Association, “by putting up regulation that’s a little too restrictive, what you might be doing is closing the door to investors or small business owners.”
Norman Singer, Cary