- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/21/16)5
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)1
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.