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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:00 pm

To The Editor:

As I’ve been watching the news about the meningitis outbreak and deaths caused by contaminated medicine from a facility in Massachusetts, I can’t help but think about the politicians who keep pounding the “small government” theme in their campaigns. I wonder how many voters actually think through what that means.

I, for one, am more than happy to pay as many FDA inspectors as it takes to monitor the medicines our doctors use. I’m also very glad the FAA made sure the airplane my kids and grandson flew on last week was inspected for safety. The life of my 10-year-old grandson is worth any price. Isn’t yours?

And what about food safety, police and fire departments on call, the road repair crews that protect us and our vehicles. What is all of that worth to you?

How much is it worth to you to know that the FBI and other intelligence agencies are tracking people who want to blow up buildings in our country? I think that’s worth a king’s ransom.

Closer to home, I’m thankful there are good teachers who care about our kids and do everything they can to help them succeed despite the lack of basic necessities in some of their families.

The next time you hear someone complain about “job killing regulations,”  think about what that really means. Someone wants more profit and less accountability. I don’t think it’s about killing jobs. I think it’s about potentially killing innocent victims.    

/opinion

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