Socialistic regulation?

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I am outraged at the government harassment of a Layton-based pest control company! ("Extermination company broke pesticide law repeatedly, state says," Tribune, May 30.) Apparently, there are government rules regarding application of deadly pesticide. This is another example of big government getting in the way of a business' ability to manage its own affairs. We don't need the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Utah Pesticide Control Act. We can count on private enterprise doing the right thing.

And who does this Utah Department of Agriculture and Food think it is, claiming 3,500 violations by this pest control company? Just more government interference in local businesses. I am counting on patriotic Utah legislators to disband this department in the next session and use the savings for a tax cut. We need to take our country back, back to a time before all this socialistic regulation.

And if something goes wrong, well, in the words of GOP tea party poster boy Rand Paul about BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, "sometimes accidents happen."

Steve Gilbert

Salt Lake City