Call me an eternal optimist, but I subscribe to a theory put forth by Jim Collins, author of the best-selling book Built to Last, which is to celebrate the beauty of "and" thinking and fight the tyranny of "or" thinking.As I read the commentary by my esteemed colleague Lou Grumet ("Interstate commerce versus public protection," Feb. 12-25, 2007, page 6), it occurred to me that the "and" was missing with regard to this mobility issue.

So I would like to propose an alternative: Is it possible to promote interstate commerce and protect the public? Is it possible to respect states' rights to regulate and oversee the CPA profession and for CPAs to be able to easily serve clients regardless of what state they're located in? I suggest that the answer is yes.

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