Letters From Our Readers: Nov. 5, 2012

November 5, 2012
Editor’s Note: The following remarks were made on The NEWS’ group, The NEWS Network, on LinkedIn. These comments are concerning Joanna Turpin’s article “Regulations Burden Contractors,” Oct. 15, 2012, on the costs to small businesses to comply with government regulations.

New Regulations as an Opportunity

We view each new regulation as an opportunity to increase revenue or to attract more business. If the public has a problem with legislation and regulations, let them vote in new senators and representatives and change the law.

Meanwhile, we embrace the higher-efficiency equipment, refrigerant, or code changes, and develop procedures and marketing programs to deal with them. As long as regulations are enforced fairly and consistently, there is no problem.

Let other contractors complain about how bad big government is and reminisce about how great things were in the “good old days.” Let them be the last to adopt the new changes. If they look ahead in the distance, they’ll see our tail lights.

Craig Johnson
Surgi’s Heating and Air Conditioning
Greater New Orleans area

What Hurts the Most

I feel that I could live with most any regulations. What is hurting licensed contractors the most is unlicensed contractors, with little to no enforcement from the same government that has no problem regulating those with licenses.

Plus, many licensed contractors are not pulling permits, with little enforcement in most cases.

The bottom line is legitimate companies bear all the costs of compliance, and then must compete with those who do not. Not a level playing field!

Dave Hutchins
Bay Area A/C
Ocala, Fla., area

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Also, you can join us on LinkedIn at The NEWS Network group at http://linkd.in/yXojuI to share your thoughts, which might run in The NEWS, too.

Publication date: 11/5/2012

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