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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Katrina victims’ tainted drywall

We lose by buying cheap from China

When are we going to wake up? China is a dictatorship and a communistic country that we continue to get lead-based toys and bad food from. To top it off, now the poor Katrina people have installed sulfur-filled drywall from China in rebuilding their homes [“Latest Katrina disaster: tainted Chinese drywall,” News, April 13].

Why don’t we manufacture what we need in this country? We need the jobs and, at present, are doing nothing but shoring up the Chinese economy.

Of course, it will be more expensive, as the Chinese labor force has no benefits, retirement or other costs. But in the meantime, American workers are drawing unemployment, food stamps and worst of all, losing their pride in working.

We aren’t winning by buying cheap, cheap, cheap, and the tariff issue is a joke.

— Harriet Benjamin, Seattle

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