Letter offers gripes but no solutions
There he goes again! Walt Bobruk, that is (``Focus on jobs lost to foreign markets,'' April 15, Page 6).
Walt wants Plastics News (and, one assumes, other publications and organizations) to ``take a stance on job losses to foreign markets.'' He begins by bewailing a seemingly infinite list of grievances including ``slave-labor nations,'' ``our nation's lowering of living standards,'' the inequity that ``fair trade is bunk,'' world population problems, ``no equal playing field,'' ``child labor,'' importing from terrorist harbor states, and a halt to U.S. economic growth. Walt concludes with his root-cause identification that U.S. ``business leadership stinks.''
Nowhere does Walt offer any economic solutions to his litany. He does, however, point to one ``good example of a firm that supports U.S. manufacturers'': Wal-Mart and its ``Buy America'' program. (Yup. Honest-to-God, that's what he said.)
One has to wonder what Walt watches as he wanders Wal-Mart's walkways. Same for Sam's.
If he's right, Walt should establish a retail empire to compete for the U.S. consumer's dollars by offering nothing but U.S.-manufactured goods, and Plastics News ``should take a stance'' on it.
Go ahead, Walt. Give us the choice. Consumers will definitely give up shopping at Wal-Mart to shop at Walt-Mart.
George A. Makrauer
Treasure Island, Fla.
Fact-checking would have prevented error
As you know by now, we were very unhappy with the wording of the Glycon news release which was grossly in error (``Glycon cuts prices on its DM2 screws,'' July 8, Page 9). I am especially surprised that a magazine with your reputation would not have checked the facts with us since we are prominently mentioned in the release.
I am also disappointed with the very short, and probably never noticed, correction you plan to print (Page 3).
As we pointed out in our own news release, our ET design patent has expired but we do hold the copyright protection on all the designs done to date. Therefore, neither Glycon nor anyone else can reproduce those designs without our permission.
Robert Barr Inc.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Viewpoint overlooks era of moral decay
Good points were made on corporate greed [``Generations relive greed creed's legacy,'' June 17 Viewpoint, Page 6]. However, it would be good to see balance in the editorial with your mention on ``that Reagan-era decade of the 1980s'' with a mention of the Clinton-era decade of the 1990s. I remember a huge drop in moral values due to Clinton's actions. Could we now be witnessing the results of the '90s lack of values?
Stott Equipment Inc.