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Regulations: State drives out businesses

$2,812.50 each for 16 strands of eelgrass at Holmes Harbor for a total of $45,000 per Washington Fish and Wildlife regulations so that a new boat can be launched and sold. (WNT Dec. 7, 2002).

No wonder businesses are leaving the state and heading for Idaho, Nevada, Utah and off-shore. The ecological, workplace and taxing regulations of Washington are driving away old businesses and dissuading new businesses.

I brought a successful small clean business (mail order hobby supplies) here from another state but after a few years of endless state and local regulations and requirements which burned up much time and money, I liquidated and retired. I didn’t like the hassle with arrogant and ill-educated “civil” employees. Fortunately, I already had my retirement secured.

I read that to build a simple pier in Oak Harbor, it takes five years worth of hoops to jump through. No wonder the state is going broke. The spotted owl, however, is content, or so I hear. I have never seen one and don’t care if I ever do.

Jack Guyer

Oak Harbor

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