Letters to the Editor
Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:01 pm
To The Editor,
I’m beginning to believe that I am the only concerned citizen in northwest Tennessee in regard to the very real possibility that the giant Goodyear Tire plant in Union City is going to close. I am praying that this will not happen. I have contacted every politician I know.
To no avail, yet…
I’m in hopes that the community will be made aware of the consequences of this plant’s closure.
For instance, 1,700 hourly and 300 salary employees who currently work at the plant will lose their jobs. Approximately another 400-500 who are employed at satellite plants supplying the Goodyear plant will lose their jobs. What a terrible tragedy.
Now, these losses will spill out into the community. Banks, restaurants, Lowe’s, grocery stores, automobile dealers, doctors, dentists, real estate, Walmart. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
The tax-revenue lost will affect not only the city, but the county as well. Homes will be lost, families shattered. I’m thinking in today’s world, we call it the boomerang effect.
I believe this possible plant closure can be, and should be, avoided. I’ve heard people blaming the union; I’ve heard people blame the company. There is enough blame to share by all. That will not save this plant.
I happen to know for a fact that the union and plant management are working hand in hand to save this plant. Plant manager Terry Tennyson and USWA-Local president Ricky Waggoner — both honorable men — are not only working together to save the plant, it is probably unparalleled that the union and local management are working so diligently for the same goal — saving Goodyear Tire plant in Union City.
I’m a retired employee from that plant. I have no secret agenda. I live in Martin. I just want this plant to be viable for years to come. Contact your local politicians and make them aware that you are concerned. I know I am.
Don V. Jones
To the Editor,
They are our offspring. They are our children. How we would like to tell if the family were going to heaven to live with God. Hear what David says to his son.
“Now the days of David drew night that he should die and he charged Solomon his son saying I go the way of all the earth; be thou strong therefore; and shew thyself a man.” Kings 1:2.
Also, in Matthew 8:36 – “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul.” Ephesians 6 says “And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord so all can live in heaven together.”
P.S. Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”