- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)32
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Closing: Losing little island of hope
To the editor: Your story about the closing of Cape Shoe Co. was yet another reminder that American manufacturing employment is disappearing, taking with it an entire sector of well-paying jobs. Although Cape Shoe was not a major player on the footwear scene, the brand had built a loyal following and the company had received praise from many in the "Buy American" crowd.
Unfortunately, praise is not enough to convince an employer to remain in business. People in Cape Girardeau and elsewhere in the nation who wish to support businesses that keep jobs in the U.S. need to be customers, not just cheerleaders. We all have much to lose if our fellow citizens cannot find work.
The hidden costs of cheap consumer goods come in the dissolution of communities, growing cost of government programs for the under- and unemployed and erosion of the middle class.
I admire Eli Fishman, president of Cape Shoe, for his commitment to his products, workforce and community. Cape Girardeau has lost a local business, and the rest of us have lost a little island of hope. I urge your readers to seek out American-made products and use their consumer power to support companies that employ fellow Americans.
STEPHANIE SANZONE, Webmaster, www.StillMadeinUSA.com, Alexandria, Va.