March 19, 2009

Think about the children!

You've read about the ruckus that the recently-enforced Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is causing to small business retailers and libraries.

Here's a commentary from my colleague Ivan Lerner about the foolishness of this law and its effects on our cultural heritage. This was published on March 9 Endpoint issue of ICIS Chemical Business.

Lead, and they shall follow

By Ivan Lerner

IT WAS with horror that I heard the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which went into effect on February 10, was recommending that books from before 1985 be destroyed.

The excuse for this atrocious activity came in the form of that tidy, contemporary, catch-all phrase that is meant to shut down any opposition or potential arguments: it's being done to protect the children.

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