Sunday, January 16, 2005

Rules hem us in on both sides

Victoria Times Colonist

Re: "All that red tape is simply too much," Jan. 8.
With each passing year more and more citizens find themselves caught in an ever-growing web of rules and regulations. Not only does this cost us in terms of fines, but as your editorial so astutely pointed out, it costs us many thousands of dollars each year in coping with this ever-growing mountain of paperwork.

Moreover it has led to a culture where public employees see it as not only their right but also their responsibility to admonish the taxpayers who provide their wages, thus adding insult to injury.

Whether it is the religious right trying to impose their moral views on the rest of society or the left wing attempting to tax, regulate and fine our every move, we find ourselves hemmed in on both sides.

I fear the situation will get much worse before it gets any better.