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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:06AM
Products made abroad
are cheaper, but not better
I must take serious issue with the Jan. 13 letter by Russell Beal of Portage concerning unions, workers and product quality. Does anyone really believe that a lot of the chintzy garbage coming from around the world, especially South America and Asia, is better quality than that which used to be made in America?
I’m talking about the dangerous lead-laden children’s toys, counterfeit military parts, tainted and poisonous counterfeit drugs, and the lousy clothes that shrink and/or fall apart after a couple washings.
I worked 32 years at Inland Steel. A few years back, we started using bearings from China. This junk had to be renewed far more often than the American-made products we had used. The primary reason for moving manufacturing to the southern U.S., then to Mexico and China, was corporate greed, not a lack of quality.
Once upon a time, there were signs all over this country that read, “What the U.S. makes, the world takes!” Those days are gone, for the sake of a buck to the shareholders, and the CEO’s bottom line.
Pence cares only for the rich out-of-staters who back him
After an undistinguished career in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Pence is the governor of Indiana. This to the cheers of tea party aficionados and greedy, out-of-state business concerns.
But, lest we be misled, Pence is hardly a knight in shining armor. Heavily indebted to outside interests like Foster Fries of Wyoming, oil tycoon David Koch, hotelier Dean White, Wells Fargo & Co. of Minneapolis, Federal Express of Memphis, Tenn., and Duke Energy Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., we can expect little concern for the poor and homeless (especially children), public education and struggling middle class families. Pence owes his political soul to the big boys who have set their sights on power and profit.
Although our state dodged a bullet in electing Joe Donnelly to the U.S. Senate, we have suffered a major setback in the ascension of Pence.
With this professional politician in Indianapolis, only the rich will prosper.
Thomas E. Sagendorf
Deport all illegal immigrants now and end the problem
I read Esther Cepeda’s column on Jan. 16, and it was just stupid. This crybaby needs to realize that real Americans don’t care about these worthless illegals.
She said they’re not criminals, but they’re here illegally. They want to go to our colleges, and taxpayers pay the bill.
All these worthless illegals need to be deported; they’re a drain on this country. We are tired of listening to immigration reform. Just deport them and anyone with them, like Esther Cepeda. They’re criminals and are in our country illegally.
The sooner they’re gone, the better.
Randall V. Schmidt