Laws of emotion

The pro-con opinion-page package ``Private Property and Public Rights,'' Aug. 15, pits Rep. W.J. Tauzin (D) of Louisiana against Peter A.A. Berle of the National Audubon Society on the issue of environmental regulations and how they are affecting private property rights.

Mr. Berle starts off by lamenting if only there were ``truth in labeling'' laws applied to bills introduced in Congress.

That's a good idea, but if such laws were enforced, they would discredit many of the bills written by the environmental community and submitted by their friends in Congress. Too many of the environmental bills passed into law today are based purely on emotions or unproven scientific ``theories'' and would be unable to withstand a ``truth'' test. Y. Leon Favreau, Shelburne, N.H.

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