- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)9
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
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.