PN's publication of letter projects bias
With all due respect to your publication, I believe that I deserve an apology or your publication needs to post its editorial bias for all to see.
The May 14 Plastics News included a letter from Jan Fersing (``Letter writer omits interesting detail,'' Page 6) alleging that I intentionally misled your readers (and perhaps your editorial board) because I wrote on a matter (the bottle-deposit bill in Hawaii) that affects my business without noting in the letter text that Pacific Allied is a PET bottle manufacturer.
Please see the enclosed copy of the original letter. Our e-mail addresses show that we sell foam products and PET bottles. Further, your archive would quickly show that your publication featured Pacific Allied in an article a couple months ago that identifies exactly what we manufacture. A simple notation at the close of my letter stating: ``Pacific Allied is a stretch blow molder in Hawaii'' would erase any potential confusion.
The publication of the letter from Mr. Fersing could also be seen as evidence of editorial bias in favor of your historical support for bottle-deposit legislation. Thus, one could conclude that Plastics News' editorial policy is to use every opportunity possible to show that opposition to issues supported by Plastics News only comes from people with a ``self-serving'' interest.
My original letter took issue with a ``cookie-cutter'' approach to mandating bottle-deposit legislation everywhere without looking at the unique concerns and economics of different geographic locations. I presented clear and concise economic data (none of which has been called into question) to support the proposition that Hawaii could benefit more by burning the plastic bottles than collecting, grinding, and reprocessing them into some other product. If writers can address the logic presented, then you do a service by publishing follow-up opinions. On the other hand, when writers add nothing to the discussion and instead allege deceit, Plastics News must keep out of the matter or ensure that the publication takes responsibility for failing to fully identify letter writers.
Paul E. Smith
Pacific Allied Products Ltd.
Globalization creates consequences for U.S.
Globalization has allowed many companies to escape the American market - [prompted by] excessive and unrealistic union contracts and the high cost of manufacturing - and move to countries that offer very cheap labor in abundance.
Although good for companies, this trend is moving at an alarming speed, and in the very near future, manufacturing on U.S. soil will be nonexistent.
The American public has been asleep at the wheel and cannot see the ultimate effect it will have on their lives.
More disturbing is the fact that many companies are going to countries like China, which is a totalitarian regime, and providing funds to the governing cupola, which in turn use those millions of dollars to keep their grip of terror.
Before we clap our hands and rejoice in our publications about XYZ Co. moving to China, let's think about the consequences to our country and to our citizens.