From the Cleveland Plain Dealer letters:

Message to Sen. Sherrod Brown: Let your votes show you support American manufacturers

February 17, 2010, 4:03AM
On Feb. 3 our Democratic U.S. senator penned a letter that appeared in The Plain Dealer. In this letter, he emphasized how important manufacturing is to this area and to America in general.

In an interesting paradox, the senator pledged support for manufacturing, yet in Washington he consistently votes for things like cap-and-trade, which further handicaps American industry.

Senator, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t pay lip service to manufacturing here and then, when you are back in Washington, vote along party lines with the radical environmentalists and those believers in the theory of global warming who seek to eliminate manufacturing.

Manufacturing left America in search not only of cheaper labor, but of less restrictive government. Why would anyone build a factory here and have to deal with the paperwork and the legal battles with the environmentalists when they can relocate to China, where the Chinese will welcome them with open arms.

I like clean air and water as much as the next guy, but I like to pay my bills and eat, too. You cannot manufacture an omelet without breaking an egg.

Senator, if you really want to help bring manufacturing back to this area, stop backing restrictive laws and placing unrealistic regulations on those who might seek to manufacture things in America.

John J. Meredyk, Sagamore Hills