Bring back shoemakers

I hope the people of Lewiston will understand — I voted for the shoemakers. I know many Lewiston residents really wanted a casino. Sorry about that. I could not see any long-term return.

I do see a very real need for a refreshed manufacturing base in Maine. Traditional fuel prices are going to go through the roof. The public will need to be able to supply for its own needs.

In voting against the casino, I voted for farms, legalization of hemp, fiber mills, tanneries, slaughterhouses, and for people who can make shoes. Lewiston was the mecca of shoe manufacturing. The knowledge is still within area residents. The canals and rail lines can still run the engines. Shoes are important. Local wares are important.

I hope the people of Lewiston understand.

Jenny Gray, Wiscasset

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot sez Jenny should

The parrot sez Jenny should put a little more sole into her presentation, otherwise, its premise may not last.


Shoe manufacturing?

First of all manufacturing has changed as has most everything else in the last 40 years. Almost all of it today is being done by machines, robots, and computers. These are extremely expensive and require highly trained workers to make and service these machines but only very few workers. There is no such thing today as a job that could be done by a monkey. That job is being done by a machine. As for Americans demanding higher wages. Well we are competing with people who will work for a dollar a week or with prison labor that is not getting paid at all. Not only are their wages low but their cost of living is also very low. When you bring American wages to that level everything else including the value of property and everybody's wages have to go down also. It also means no money for education, roads, indoor plumbing etc. Do we really want to go there?

Christopher Strout's picture

I do somewhat agree with your

I do somewhat agree with your comment. I also disagree with a few parts. Yes it would make property values and peoples wages go down. It would mean less money for education, roads, etc. But it would make the value of the American dollar increase. So even though everything costs less you wouldn't have to spend as much for your things; property, education, roads, etc. Therefor it might not be as bad as you think it would be. Its a matter of how you think. If you see it as you will not have as much money in your pockets, it would be bad. But if you think of how it would increase the value of the dollar compared to other countries currency, it might not be bad.
I do believe that this country needs to do something to create jobs in this country and to improve the economy. Shoe manufacturing is just one way to create jobs for Americans. We as a country need to get back to our roots and become dependent on ourselves, and not others.

Jason Theriault's picture

I voted for Santa, was that bad?

"Lewiston was the mecca of shoe manufacturing."

Yes, Lewiston WAS the mecca of shoe manufacturing.

Now it isn't. Here's a question, Jenny - How much did you spend on your last pair of shoes and are you ready to double that?

 's picture

I'm sorry, but in voting for the shoemakers

you were wrong.
The problem here is that average U.S. workers feel that they are entitled to wages that are way above the average of the rest of the world.
I can see electricians and machinists and people with specialized skills making extra money, but for a person who runs a sewing machine that is programmed to follow a pattern, to make as much money is ludicrous.
I have worked in fiber mills and tanneries, and actually, a slaughterhouse, so I know what I'm talking about and there ain't a one of those jobs that a trained monkey couldn't do.
The wages that U.S. workers demanded for those jobs is what sent the manufactures overseas.When the economy in this country crashes to the bottom and people realize that we have been living a dream for years, MAYBE then will things set themselves right. maybe then will manufacturing jobs come back to this country.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Good post, Ed

Remember the good old days when "Made in America" meant something? Then Americans started not caring about where things are made and only about buying cheap our manufacturing base went away. Now instead of blaming ourselves for high unemployment we're blaming politicians and yes, perhaps when we hit rock bottom we'll all wake up to the fact that "Made in America" means more jobs here on the home front.


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