Breaking News Bar
posted: 5/10/2013 4:40 AM

Glad Illinois has some regulations

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

Glad Illinois has some regulations

Recently Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Illinois trying to entice corporations to move there by touting their lack of regulations. One of the main purposes of government is to do for the citizens what they cannot do for themselves, which includes protecting the public health and protecting citizens from ruthless, greedy, impersonal corporations. That is why cities, states and the federal government have laws and regulations.

Your news story of the Texas plant that exploded, killing 14 people and injuring more than 200, had only $1 million insurance policy reinforced the "wild, wild west" approach Texas takes to protecting its citizens. It's apparently an "every man for himself" philosophy of government The families of the dead and injured are left up a creek without a paddle because the government of Texas' only interest is in protecting the corporations, not its citizens.

As the lawyer for the claimants tellingly said, "The plant's owner will ask the judge to divide the insurance money among the (many) plaintiffs ... and then file for bankruptcy ... It's rare for Texas to require insurance for any kind of hazardous activity. We have very little oversight of hazardous activities and even less regulation."

This is something Perry is proud of? Only corporations as irresponsible as the fertilizer company would locate there. I'm glad Illinois protects us with our regulations.

Jean Alberti

Aurora

Share

Interested in reusing this article?

Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.

The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.

Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *

Message (optional)

Success - Reprint request sent Click to close
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here