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The aftertaste of big government

Dear Editor:

Over the past couple of years I’ve done my best to keep my faith that our president and our government is doing its best to watch out for the common good of all citizens. Friday, my faith was truly shaken to the core.

Mr. Editor, over the course of this summer I had established a “treat” for myself on Friday afternoons by stopping in at Roxy’s market and purchasing a chicken sandwich off the grill from the barbecue guy. Granted, the sandwich was a bit pricey, but the barbecue guy’s pleasant and jovial demeanor more than made up for any price/value disparity. I enjoyed watching the barbecue guy interact with other customers as much as eating the chicken sandwich. The whole experience consumed about 20 minutes of my day, but took away my hunger and left me feeling better about my “fellow man.”

Sir, yesterday I pulled up to Roxy’s, and to my dismay there was no barbecue guy out front. I thought perhaps he was on vacation. I wish you could have seen my face when I went inside and was told that the Environmental Protection Agency had shut down the barbecue guy. I thought it was a joke, but no, I was told the EPA had “shut down” all barbecue guys in ABC.

Mr. Editor, I’m not prone to civil disobedience, but if the London riots were a result of the British version of the EPA shutting down their barbecue guy, then I just might rethink my position. When our federal government gets so petty as to target barbecue grills, then there is something very wrong with our system. I just hope the barbecue guy did not get his hours cut from 40 to 32 per week as a result of the EPA.

Say it ain’t so, Mr. President!

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John Sanders

Carbondale

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