In response to Vlad Kogan’s comment on the story “Preschools Checked Less than Dog Kennels,” “Is there any evidence that quality/safety went down when inspections were rolled back from annual to once every five years? If not, what’s the big deal?”

Mr. Kogan needs to sharpen up his logic before he gets his doctorate. That’s like saying, “I dropped my insurance six months ago and haven’t had a single accident!” The whole point of preventive maintenance and inspections is to spend a small amount now in order to avoid spending a large amount later. Like the “deferred maintenance” on the schools, “later” has now arrived, and we’re having to spend those large amounts we were too cheap to prevent.

Dan Covill lives in Pacific Beach.

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