Upper-level jobs next to be on their way out
Regarding Stan Donnelly's comments [`` `Free' trade carries hefty price,'' Sept. 15 Perspective, Page 6]: I am one of the more than 2 million who lost a manufacturing job almost two years ago. I was a mold maker for 21 years. I figured I was only halfway through my career when suddenly I found myself looking for a job.
I personally visited more than 75 mold shops in the Chicago area, handing out my resume and talking to any shop owner I could, but to no avail. Many of those shops are gone now. As for me, I gave up mold making and went to school for heating and air conditioning, which pays about 60 percent less than what I was making in my chosen profession.
I hope someday the greedy yuppies responsible for outsourcing all of the manufacturing jobs to slave-labor countries will experience unemployment when their office jobs are outsourced to India or China. That day is coming, as the end of manufacturing in the United States - one shop at a time - transforms into the end of middle and upper-level management in the United States - one office building at a time.
Gary E. Canzoneri
Most people don't care about recycling
Regarding the story in your Sept. 15 issue about the reduction in the PET bottle recycling rate [``PET bottle recycling declines,'' Page 3], doesn't it occur to anyone that most people don't care to recycle?
They're not worried by the carrying-on by the environmental fringe. We are not getting buried by plastic bottles and most Americans don't want to pay more money for their goods.
Let's stop the environmentalist minority from imposing its views on the majority of Americans.
King of Prussia, Pa.
Save manufacturing jobs in America now
As a Plastics News reader and a concerned, retired tooling and plastic company owner, I have been reading all the concerned letters about all the jobs that have been lost to China and other countries. I have never seen things so bad in our trade, and I have been at it for 55 years.
Here is a chance for a good front-page headline: ``Save American manufacturing jobs now.''
You have the chance to be a hero with all the small and medium-sized shops that are left in business and you cover every state with your wonderful publication. They do not have the time and funding that it takes to let our government know that they are hurting. And, believe me, if it continues the way it is going, the government will have no one to govern (unless they go overseas).
New Port Richey, Fla.