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Olympic uniforms open eyes to the big picture

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

It’s definitely a presidential election year…The latest reminder came recently when it was discovered the uniforms being worn by the United States Olympic team were manufactured by China.
The matter even caused House Majority Leader John Boehner (R) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) to actually agree on something; they both voiced their opposition to the squad representing the U.S. to be wearing uniforms made abroad.
The uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren, an American company, but manufactured overseas.
This is nothing new. From what I’ve read, the same thing happened in 2008 and 2006. To add a twist of lemon to the current political climate, uniforms were made in Canada when current GOP candidate Mitt Romney was the head of the Winter Olympics in 2004. Some reports on the internet say Myanmar/Burma but I haven’t been able to confirm that information.
Regardless of the situation, the controversy only puts a spotlight on one of the major problems our country is facing, which is outsourcing of jobs.
According to the Labor Department, there were more than 350,000 Americans employed by apparel manufacturers 10 years ago. Last month, the number was just 147,300.
While many of the best design companies in the world remain in the U.S., these same companies are manufacturing their products in other nations.
This is the sad reality of our current U.S. economic climate that will only change with a shift of focus in policies.
Our government needs to do a better job of enticing these businesses to keep these jobs at home.
As our unemployment rate remains at 8.2-percent, one could only imagine how that number would be much lower if steady manufacturing jobs would return back to the U.S. Here’s hoping the current and future administrations as well as legislatures can stop trying to out perform each other in the political arena and instead turn all of their energy towards helping our nation recover from difficult economic times.
McLaughlin hired
The Vandalia Leader has hired John McLaughlin to be a reporter for the publication.
John’s background in the agricultural community makes him a perfect fit in the Vandalia area.
In the near future, readers will be seeing John at many sporting and news events covering them for the newspaper while I get to stay home for a change.
For those of you who know me, this is going to be a blessing for my family and we look forward to the blessing of seeing each other more in the near future.
I know my wife has an unwritten list of things to do around the house and I’m looking forward to working on some of those things. Please extend John the same courtesy you have given me in covering these events. You’ll still see me from time to time at some places, but eventually John will take on all of the coverage. Please take the time to meet John and congratulate him on his new job.