Business: A Bureaucratic Surprise

Given Simpson, the whose Nixon home is Administration's bland record on consumerism, the appointment last year of Richard O. Simpson, 44, to head the new Consumer Product Safety Commission caused no great expectations. But Simpson confounded the skeptics by taking on the job of protecting the public against dangerous merchandise with surprising vigor and independence. The CPSC has just raised loud protests from traditionalists by banning all firecrackers beginning next week — thus muting the Fourth of July. The commission is now scrimmaging with the management of the National Football League over whether to bar artificial turf in stadiums; falling on...