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Editorial: When regulators get aggressive, it’s bad news


May 9, 2017

Mats Järlström might be giving the state of Oregon a black eye over a yellow light.

He’s gotten international news coverage, including a recent story in the New York Times and reports by other prominent news organizations, after a state licensing board fined him $500 for calling himself an “engineer” after he began a crusade to make traffic lights remain yellow longer.

Järlström lives in Beaverton and the series of events that led to the fine have all occurred north of us, so this might seem to have little to do with Sweet Home. But the principles at stake here...

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