Regarding Mike Mowry's letter ("Good Business Practice," 11/06) about the contractor whose license lapsed: It is the responsibility of the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) to enforce the laws regarding licensing within its purview, and it is the court's responsibility to interpret that enforcement and to administer justice under the intention of the law. That the court chose to interpret the letter of the law is sad indeed. While it is technically correct in its finding, it punishes an individual who did not willfully violate the law of the land.

Did the contractor's innocent oversight diminish the quality of the materials or services rendered, or reduce the customer's "betterment"? Those are the questions that should have been addressed by the court.

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