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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

Teach the whole truth

The juxtaposition of two stories in the Sept. 24 issue of the Herald-Tribune has kept one word spinning in my head — “whitewash.”

I am pleased and so very proud of the Colorado students and teachers who staged walkouts protesting the so-called “patriotism plan,” which calls for instructional materials that only present positive images of our nation and its heritage.

Hello? You call that history? I call it a travesty.

Then, on the front page ran the incredible story of the “White House Boy” and the telling of horrors in Marianna that continue to keep coming to light —finally. The story needs to be known far and wide beyond Florida.

People (and that includes students) need to know about the experiments at Tuskegee, the Trail of Tears, the interment camps, the bigotry toward every, single new immigrant group that arrived and continues to arrive in the USA, the intolerance of religion, homosexuality, ad nauseam. We are not a perfect nation; no nation is.

I was taught that we needed to learn history in order to keep us from repeating the same mistakes. The ideals we once had, and would like to see again, demand an honest look at how those aspirations came into being. We can do better by teaching the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Arlene J. Pearlman

Sarasota

Complacency is costly

In our lives there are so many demands: family, work, school, church and civic. We are tired, broke and discouraged. We hear about instances of voter fraud, untruthful politicians, graft, corruption, war and terrorism. We are living with chaos every day. This is a carefully constructed plan to keep us in turmoil and away from the polls. And it is working.

All you complacent or under-informed folks, please spend time getting the facts from people in the know, not TV ads. When you don’t vote, vote party lines or carry someone else’s recommendations to the polls, you’re part of the problem, not the solution. Being disengaged is costing us our country.

Those of you who have a clue, dedicate some time to getting out votes, informing your friends and neighbors, and speaking out. Let's return the power to the people.

Shirley Reynolds

Englewood

Plenty still made in USA

Contrary to popular misconception, American manufacturing still holds first place in the world. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States accounts for 21 percent of the world’s production; China is second with 14 percent, Japan third with 9 percent. And we are seeing more “re-shoring” — bringing production back to the U.S. — every day.

Here in Florida, we manufacture everything from microchips to potato chips. Manufacturing accounts for approximately 7 percent of our state GDP.

The majority of our manufacturing operations, roughly 80 percent, employ less than 50 people. Locally, that’s approximately 10,000 careers in industry. Careers that may not require a four-year degree yet pay at the top of the wage pyramid. Careers that do not necessitate leaving Florida. Every manufacturing job supports 2.5 other jobs in the local community. Every dollar spent on research and development inside a manufacturing facility generates $1.65 in the economy.

Friday is National Manufacturing Day. In recognition of the value manufacturing brings to a healthy, diversified economy, the county commissioners in both Manatee and Sarasota have proclaimed this Friday as Manufacturing Day.

To commemorate the day, members of the Sarasota/Manatee Area Manufacturers Association will host “Made In Florida” tours for approximately 300 area students.

Students will visit Sun Hydraulics, PGT Industries and Cavanaugh Companies’ Black Diamond Strings. For more information about manufacturing in your community, visit www.sama-fl.com or contact Pstraw@sama-fl.com.

Peter D. Straw

Executive Director Sarasota /Manatee Area Manufacturers Association

Online job hunt limiting

What happened to the days that a company hiring for a leadership/ management position wanted to shake your hand and sit down to talk about your qualifications? What happened to the days where you could stop into the potential employer and drop off a resumé?

The Internet is what happened. As an individual who has been looking for several months for a full-time, salaried position, the online application has sucked the life out of me. Spending an hour filling out a profile that, from what I have been told, rarely even gets looked at is so frustrating.

I spent 12 years with my last employer and only left to come to Florida to be closer to my aging parents. I have a strong resumé and great written references, I am loyal and, more important, I have a strong work ethic, but I just can’t seem to get “in the door” due to this practice of online applications.

Please Mr. or Mrs. Employer, you are missing out on some really strong candidates who could help your business. Think again the next time someone walks into your business and wants to drop off a resumé. It may be one of the best employees you never hired because the receptionist refused to take his resumé.

Keith Weyher

Bradenton

SRQ doesn’t SRQ

Reading the recent article on the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority’s decision to use a Central Florida- based PR firm rather than any local firm made me laugh out loud. How ironic. Apparently, “Do you SRQ?” does not apply to them.

Will their new slogan be “Do as I say, not as I do?”

Geri Jo Manson

Sarasota

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