Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Boo Hoo Hoo

I thought that the United States had long ago outlawed lead in everything and anything that children may encounter.  I remember the stories about children putting flaking paint chips in their mouths leading to lead poisoning.  Didn't we remove lead from gasoline for health reasons?  And, of course, as we have discovered in recent years, our trading partner, China, has been horrible at regulating the toxins in Chinese products that have poisoned children, parents, and pets.

Now comes new regulations from US, we the people = the government, to remove lead tainted toys.  And, the whining begins.  An article in the Port Huron Times Herald today offers us the opportunity to feel outraged that some businesses might be closed or their practices changed to save the lives and health of children.

Kellie Johnson, who owns Half-Pints resale store in downtown Port
Huron, said she'll stop carrying toys for fear they may contain too
much lead. She also plans to research items to see how much lead they

Before she found out resale stores wouldn't be required
to certify their products as safe through testing, Johnson said she was
ready to join Comtois and simply close. She had started marking
clothing down 50%, she said.

"It's frustrating. I mean, I was
really upset with it," she said. "It's one thing to protect the
children, but you're going to put all those people out of work."

Outraged.  Yes I am.  Stop whining about your businesses.  Your business succcess (read profit$) should not be realized while endangering the health of the innocent.

Now, just shut up.


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