Richard Beene, the president and CEO of The Californian, recently wrote in his blog that regulations hurt business. A recent letter writer described how environmental regulations cause businesses to compete with one hand tied behind their backs. Tobacco executives are mad about regulations that prevent them from selling cigarettes to 10-year-olds, like they're permitted to do in other countries. Why? It's bad for business. I just read that a city in China is just about destroyed because of water and air pollution. The Republicans' arch enemies, the Communists, don't want regulations either. Regulations in California are there to protect the public from ruthless businessmen.