Stifling business climate


I sympathize with the problems Jim Carignan outlined in his column of April 30. Much of real life must be awkward for someone who spent his entire career cloistered in academia, protected by tenure.

Like all his recent columns, that one identified an important issue but avoided proposing a solution. And, in a surprising change of pace, the good professor restrained himself from blaming George W. Bush. We can forgive this lapse – it must be awkward for a socialist to discuss entrepreneurship, for a unionist to discuss productivity.

Government cannot create entrepreneurship, high productivity and good customer service, but it sure can stifle them with high taxes, draconian regulations and Kafkaesque rules. Confirming our state motto, Maine leads the nation in all those categories.

Michael LeBlanc, East Wilton