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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Drones: Get out of the way of aerial innovation

Christopher Vo pilots his aircraft as local drone enthusiasts gather for the Maryland Fly In last month in Laytonsville, Md.. Illustrates DRONES-PERSONAL (category a), by Michael S. Rosenwald (c) 2013, The Washington Post. Moved Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary)

Christopher Vo pilots his aircraft as local drone enthusiasts gather for the Maryland Fly In in Laytonsville, Md. (Washington Post photo by Bill O’Leary)

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

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