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    Too much license, in more ways than one

    While it is easy to make light of Ryan Reid’s $16,000 fee to battle a curse, it is an example of the harm caused by a general lack of scientific literacy and by ill-informed licensing laws (“Salem: Curse victims, meet Adam Smith,” Editorial, Nov. 2).

    The state and local licensing laws are no doubt well intentioned and meant to prevent the worst types of fraud exemplified by this case. Still, how is Reid supposed to know that someone licensed to predict the future is not also capable of removing a curse?

    Licensing nonsense legitimizes nonsense.

    Carl Nagel