09/01/11 - 8:37am
Government regulations, whether local, state or national, often arise from a cozy relationship between lobbyists, special interests, and the legislators. I have long suspected that the “good idea” of bear-proof containers was, sooner or later, going to mean cash windfalls for the manufacturers and vendors. To do that, however, they need the force of government — a gun, really — to line their pockets. And of course, a municipality can recognize a new source of revenue when it sees one.