In response to Mr. Robert M. Traxler (Army Bob) in his last column, published Thursday, Nov. 25:
Another area on which we agree. My husband and I have long bemoaned the fact that, in addition to most of what used to be manufactured in the US of A has moved south of the border, far too much (all?) of the technology on which we depend is now in the hands of China (who I don’t trust any more than I can throw them). And the medical supplies on which we relied during the worst of the pandemic were also products of the Chinese.
Where we might disagree, though, is that I cannot blame Mexico or China for this situation. It is my opinion that this is the result of the uncontrolled greed of the current capitalists operating with impunity, and without checks and balances, in American in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.
Our steel moved overseas, crippling great cities like Pittsburgh and environs who used to produce a quality product. Our clothing moved to countries like India and Bangladesh, where the cotton is inferior to what used to be produced in the mid-Atlantic region. Our furniture production moved from states like MI and the Carolinas to other Asian countries.
I fear we no longer have the infrastructure to produce these things domestically. I bet its the same situation with computer chips. I wonder what miracle it would take to even begin to make these things again here in the United States here if push came to shove.
I am sorry that some person of inferior intelligence totaled your car and bruised you and yours, particularly at this time of year, when we treasure being in good health to enjoy family and friends.
Please be well, and good luck getting your new wheels.