Dealing with loss after 9-11 tragedies
I want to thank you for the very moving article on Bob Hayes (``Finding a life after: Family of Netstal's Hayes copes with Sept. 11 loss,'' July 29, Page 1).
You have really captured the essence of Bob Hayes and his lovely family. Your article has brought back a of flood of memories, some of which I have not been able to deal with until now.
I was in Europe on Sept. 11, fortunately with my family. Within a few hours of the attack on the World Trade Center, my son, also a former Netstal employee, picked up the news of Bob's death at an Internet kiosk in the Zurich airport. We were all stunned. It was several days before we could get a flight back to the United States.
There are very few of us that travel for a living that don't think about Sept. 11 when we board an airplane, and I always think about Bob and Debbie Hayes.
Editor's note: Potter is former president of Netstal Machinery Inc.
I wanted to let you know I was very moved by the story of the Hayes family, and your staff should be commended for giving their story as much space as they did.
I never expected to read such a moving story in Plastics News. We've all been affected by Sept. 11, but to read about such a wonderful family losing a husband and father brings it all back, and I could feel the pain that Debbie must be going through. It was truly a day of madness.
If you ever speak to her again, please let her know that her story affected your readers, and that she is wished well, and prayed for by strangers who care. Thanks again for a great article. From a business point of view, I always find your articles informative. Keep up the good work, and thanks for showing the human side of the industry.
Eight In One Pet Products
Taxes, tariffs route seems to be simplest
Reading the response that good old George Makrauer gave to the letter complaining about jobs leaving our country (``Letter offers gripes but no solutions,'' July 22 Mailbag, Page 6), it sounds like George just wants to give up and let the chips fall where they may. I am not sure that is what the true American should do.
There are so many things that could be done, but a simple thing is taxes and tariffs. It was done on steel, why not on other products being made in foreign lands and sold here in the United States?
If products are taxed to bring the manufacturing cost up to meet the cost factors we have here, then the prices of items may very well go up. If that happens, don't complain. Buy the product and be proud that you have a job and earn money to be able to buy it in the first place. Without our jobs, we will not, nor will the future generations, be able to buy even the cheapest of items.
James A. Jones