ACC blew its chance for tangible rebuttal
There's only one thing to say about Lou Paparella's letter to the editor about the American Chemistry Council's shameful reaction to Bill Moyers' report about chemicals [April 23, Page 10]. Lou's dead right.
It was a painful show, not only for the chemical industry's image as projected by the on-air performance of the ACC representative, but also for what Moyers' undercover fact-finding disclosed about chemical industry undercover behavior. If Moyers' assertions were unfounded, the ACC missed the time and place to prove it. (Yeah, I know Moyers' people edited the interviews, but the ACC appears to have blown whatever chance it had.)
Looking back a year or so ago, now what's the appearance and value of the strategic decision to sever the American Plastics Council from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., effectively subsume APC into the Chemical Manufacturers Association, and then change "CMA" to "ACC," just a short "P" away from plastics and APC?
And these are the guys and gals now making the public-policy and public-image strategic decisions for the positive contributions of plastic materials and products?
Gads! It's almost enough to make me want to start feeling sorry for the Philip Morris Co. and begin smoking again.
George A. Makrauer
Treasure Island, Fla.
Foreign competition, unpaid bills take toll
I appreciate the fact that someone besides myself is finding it very difficult to stay afloat in the mold-making and plastic manufacturing sector. I am a small mold shop that has been fighting off automobile companies, among others, that have gone belly-up owing us a couple hundred thousand dollars — namely Key Plastics LLC and Harman Industries Inc.
They are still running, thanks to people like us who they have taken advantage of by running up their bills and having the courts simply forgive their debts. Besides them, now we have to deal with China and India and anybody else that the North American Free Trade Agreement can find to give away our manufacturing to.
Twenty years down the road, if the United States goes to war, who is going to build the tanks, planes and all the other equipment to win? China?
We need to be able to keep the manufacturing here instead of giving it all away to other countries that, given the right timing, would take our property and destroy us. Rome fell when it tried to save the world. Are we any stronger? I think not. Looks like we would take a chapter from this and apply it to what is happening now. Get ready to work at Wal-Mart or move to another country to find a job.
Dynamic Tool and Die