Regarding the April 29 Point of View “Time to modernize burdensome rules ...”: As the president of a relatively small and very successful business, I am overly tired of hired-gun talking heads who claim to speak for the “small businesses job creators who make up half of the private sector jobs.”
The opinion expressed in a Point of View on April 29 by Lew Ebert of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce on the loosening of state environmental laws as a hindrance to business startups is just not so. In 25 years of operation, I have never found that to be true.
What I have found in my dealings with the N.C. Department of Revenue, OSHA and other state and federal agencies is an extreme level of professionalism and willingness to help.
My electronics company is ISO 9001 approved and recognized as a gold level employee-safety award winner as we provide innovative vehicle safety systems to commercial and military ground vehicles. Starting a business is easy, with access to cash and, better yet, paying customers.
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Current environmental regulation is hardly a burden, and the environment is not a disposable commodity.