Monday, January 12, 2009

More to do about CPSIA - some hope, maybe?

Holly Jahangiri's most recent blog entry, on Do I Have to Spell It Out, gives the results of her latest research into the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

One point she brings out is "RR Donnelley, a leading full-service provider of print and related services around the globe, has established a portal site at that provides evidence from extensive testing showing that the total amount of lead contained in books, generally, would be "none" or less than the most stringent lead limits imposed by the Act. That includes books printed in China."

I advise everyone, whether a believer or not about the problem we face, to read Holly's post. It won't hurt to allow a few facts to mess with our opinions; truly it won't. That's what education does, as my former students so often discovered.



Holly Jahangiri said...

Well said, Vivian. I'm constantly amazed by the number of people who basically say, "My mind's made up, don't confuse me with facts!"

When the American Association of Publishers, the American Library Association, RR Donnelly, and other large groups and organizations take notice like this, I don't think any of us can fairly be labeled "alarmist." These organizations have staff attorneys. You can bet they won't be wasting their time on nothing. While individuals and small businesses will take the hardest hit from this, no one escapes unscathed - including the children this Act was designed to protect.

Rena said...

Thanks for the update, Vivian. I've just sent some letters out to my local officials.

There's a form letter people can use on this link below, which I know is helpful for people like me who aren't very good at writing legal letters.

I think there is also a petition people can sign on that link. I need to go back and read through it some more. Thanks again to you & Holly for keeping us so updated. I know some people in the craft business who are just as upset as publishers and authors.

Stephen Macquignon said...

How does the saying go “Leave no Child Behind?”

Vivian Zabel said...

Stephen, how true, "No Child left behind," when the government makes it more difficult for children to have books. Ish.