Large part of my design work is directed to complying with regulations. Totally crazy and obnoxious regulations. The engineers administering these irrrational demands are powerless to close their eyes and allow rationality, they are terrified by their superiors and the laws. We in Israel, like always, are following America's lead. Americans are running amok with their regulations, For example, Thrift stores have to clear their stores of old toys and children’s clothes out of concern that some items might not be safe. Children’s books made before 1985, for example, contain lead in their ink.
“It’s been devastating for us,” said Kitty Boyce, owner of the Kid’s Closet in Rochester, Ill., who has emptied her shop of much of her children’s merchandise and is selling adult items instead. “For us, there will be no bottom line this year.”Are American parents feeding old story books to their 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds?
Adele R. Meyer, executive director of the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, based in St. Clair Shores, Mich., said much of the new law made little sense. “People are taking away all items for children 12 and under,’ she said.