Misguided legislators who would write onerous legislation restricting the use of drones in Washington should take care that they do not slam the door on a million-dollar industry that could create thousands of jobs [“Lawmakers may restrict drone aircraft for privacy’s sake,” Local News, Feb. 24].
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are here to stay and troglodytes may as well attempt to outlaw all flying machines and horseless carriages.
The better solution is to accept UAVs and promote, license, regulate and tax them. Will there be problems? Of course. William E. Boeing and Henry Ford encountered problems with new technologies and accepted the challenge to the great benefit of mankind.
An open-minded, forward-thinking Legislature should help, not hinder the development of new technologies in Washington state.
Merle Hanley, Seattle