"The 'free market' harmed the average American (remember us?)."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Pondering the need for the EPA

Re " 'Too dirty to fail'?," Opinion, Oct. 21

Lisa Jackson is quite correct. When will our current politicians realize that the Environmental Protection Agency was created because a previous generation of "job creators" so poisoned America's air and water that no amount of corporate or lobbyist money could prevent Congress from passing laws to stop the abuse?

We need the EPA. Not to mention the SEC, the FAA, the USDA, the FDA and all the other federal agencies that were created when the "free market" harmed the average American (remember us?).

John Nachreiner
Redondo Beach

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Eliminating the EPA, as the Republicans seem wont to do, will send us back to the days when the Cuyahoga River caught fire, air stung the eyes and groundwater caused cancer and birth defects. And all this in the name of jobs.

Hey, there was no EPA in the 1930s. How was unemployment back then? Can we also go back to the 1950s, when everybody had work and the top marginal income tax rate was more than 90%? President Eisenhower was a Republican.

Wait, wasn't the EPA created by a Republican? Now they don't like anybody's ideas, including their own.

Derek Lovett
Torrance

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