Maybe Lewis Freeman's letter will wake us up to deal with the basic competitive relationship between plastics processors (Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.) and resin suppliers (American Plastics Council), which has to do with money. (“Former SPI lobbyist says group is eroding,” May 14, Page 18.) I wrote you on this more than two years ago, saying: “Prices go down, they [APC] cry and processors applaud. Prices go up, vice versa. Sounds like taxes, but our economy works. This rhythm is the breathing in and out of business life. Without it, we're all dead.”
I also said that the marriage of such competitive interests can be and should be achieved. We do it all the time, among siblings at home, between spouses, in sports leagues, and in Congress. The very basis of the U.S.A. is “e pluribus unum,” which means “out of many, One.” Those words are on our money, too, and before the resin suppliers (whom I hold responsible for the split) crow too loudly about gaining their “independence,” they might well remember that the processors are their customers, that's where their money comes from, and a healthier SPI means more profit to APC members. It might even make sense for APC to subsidize SPI, especially its legislative efforts, just as the Federal Government “subsidizes” education, road-building and Medicare, because it will lead to a healthier plastics industry.
Allan L Griff