Our readers write
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:01 pm
labor to blame
To The Editor:
Someone that has a backbone in the community needs to stand up and give David Walton a rebuttal to his “Letter to the Editor” in the Feb. 16 edition of th paper. I guess it might as well be me.
If unions are the boogyman in this area, then why were the non-union plants the first to be shut down? Brown Shoe, Sta-Rite, Hubbell, Salant and Reelfoot Packing and others closed years ago.
Mr. Walton, you should be ashamed of yourself for that letter at a time like this. The only thing that letter did was show your ignorance and lack of character.
The real reason manufacturing jobs are leaving this country is because of cheap foreign labor.
The last thing this community needs now is people pointing their finger and playing a blame game. Nobody will win with that. We need to be pulling together now and not trying to divide people. Nobody asked for this situation that we are in. We should only be looking forward now and come up with our plan for “Life after Goodyear” and do it A.S.A.P. We need to do it now or our labor pool will start to relocate in 1 to 2 years.
Looking forward, we will be in a unique position. We have a lot to offer many companies that are looking to expand or re-locate. We will be on I-69, we will have Cates Landing, and a large labor pool for the next 1 to 2 years.
I believe, now, that when this area loses one major employer, the task of bringing in small- and medium-size companies just got easier. This is our chance to really push our spec building and our industrial park.
I would suggest that we start running ads in every major newspaper now and explain our unique position in northwest Tennessee. I know we can fill that spec building before the Goodyear plant closes. That will be a good first step with the issue of “Life after Goodyear.” It is going to take one step at a time.
I am going to issue a challenge to our leaders: let’s fill that spec building before Goodyear closes. Who knows, we just might land another big fish. Let’s start now.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Konkol
Published in The Messenger 2.25.11