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Rent control

The news article "Controversial Rent Control Falters," August 4, is but one example of how government control hurts everyone involved.

Place yourself in the position of an owner of a rental house under rent control. If the government arbitrarily limits the amount of income owners receive, yet does nothing to control their costs, including taxes, maintenance, and insurance, one soon realizes that owning rental housing is a money-losing proposition. And in our market economy, who wants to lose money?

Even the bureaucrats eventually realize they cannot legislate everything. Donald Bradley, Plainfield, N.H.

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