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Letters to the editor

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:02 pm

SDI copper plant contrary to residents

Early this year many upset citizens from east of New Haven met numerous times with officials representing SDI concerning the building of the SDI-La Farge copper plant east of New Haven, near SDI’s Superior Aluminum plant that has been the source of much pollution. At these meetings we were promised many things by SDI officials, including retired CEO Keith Busse and new CEO Mark Millett.

One of these promises was that no raw or processed materials would be stored outside. Why, then, do I see these materials stockpiled outside? This leaves me with no other choice but to consider all statements made by SDI to be lies or at best very questionable.

This project was pushed through by our county commissioners with tax abatement and even a land swap, all at taxpayer expense. This was a done deal without the knowledge of, concern for or input by the people in this area, people these commissioners are supposed to represent.

Logistically the old Phelps Dodge copper plant area would have been a much better site for this plant as much of the raw material used comes from SDI-owned Omni Source, a short distance away.

As our county commissioners come up for reelection, let’s throw the sneaky bums out and elect someone that will truly represent all the people.

Marlin Culy

New Haven

Jobs continue to be lost under Obama

The United States has lost 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month or a total of 2 million high-paying manufacturing jobs under President Obama.

Our unemployment rate hovers over 8 percent. In January 2012 there were more unemployed Americans (12.8 million) compared to Americans working in manufacturing jobs (under 12 million).

China, the primary culprit, subsidizes its industries, manipulates its currency and has no minimum wages.

China is the No. 1 supplier of critical parts for our defense systems, and is the world’s largest exporter of high technology items. It produces 10 times more steel than the U.S.

Currently, there is one steel plant in the U.S. capable of producing steel that meets military specifications, and it was purchased by a European company.

We must counter the trade deficits with China and other countries by decreasing corporate taxes, or keep tax rates where they are, and subsidize U.S. industries. We currently owe China $1 trillion in debt, and our national debt has skyrocketed from $10 trillion to $16 trillion in the past few years.

President Obama had almost four years to improve our economy, and he has failed.

Donald A. Moskowitz

Londonderry, N.H.