Bye Bye, Light Bulb

Thursday's Editorial - February 14, 2008


1. What is the main point of Brian Carney's commentary?

2. In paragraph 11, Mr. Carey states:
"What's remarkable about this bit of market interference is that there is, basically, nothing wrong with the present-day, Edison-style lightbulb. It's not a lawn dart or a lead-painted toy or a magnet that will perforate your kid's intestines if he swallows it. It is what it is, and for most people in most applications, it was good enough."
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your answer.

3. People know about the benefits of the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) but do not buy them in large numbers. Why do you think this is so?

4. a) Do you think that the government should force citizens to buy CFLs? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question.