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April 12, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Boeing slowdown

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Boeing workers assemble the 787 Dreamliner in Everett.

Keep operations in Washington

Editor, The Times:

Gov. Christine Gregoire seems to have the same opinion I developed after the last Boeing strike [“Governor: Keep state a force in aerospace,” page one, April 10].

My concern is about Boeing moving some operations to somewhere else. That is not good for our economy and cultural pride.

Building the best airplanes in the world is many generations into our culture. We know how to do it better than anyone. Current employees with parents handing down their skills and knowledge for generations make a better aircraft. Those who are new to Boeing are learning from the best.

Good wine? Italy. Good jets? Seattle. There is nowhere else to go.

Keep it here, Boeing. Keep the quality tops. It will reflect in quality product and sales.

— Douglas Mays, Seattle

Layoffs may be unnecessary

The blaring headline in Friday’s Seattle Times [“Job cuts will follow Boeing jet slowdown,” page one, April 10] troubles and even almost irritates me because it has been my opinion that opinions belonged on the editorial pages, not page one.

If “may” had been used instead of “will,” it would have been more newsworthy. In these troubling times, why not slant toward optimistic views in the news section? Many developments in future aeronautical business may make the layoffs unnecessary in the near future.

As a long-ago aircraft employee, I never have liked to hear about cuts or layoffs. Let’s be optimistic.

— Bob Dunn, Seattle

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