As an acutely interested former Iron Mountain-Kingsford area resident, I read the online version of The Daily News with a somewhat heightened interest.
Because I've chosen to live elsewhere - I presently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - I've tended to bite my tongue when it comes to opinions expressed on issues far more pertinent to actual residents of the area, specifically those that seem to be relayed on a highly regular basis on these pages, rather than comment on matters that, for the large part, do not even concern me personally.
But, when it comes to economic matters, I must say that I find that the opinions represented show an incredible overall lack of understanding of the basics of capitalist principles that we in the U.S. have so enjoyed and prospered from over the last century or so.
That said, I must interject with what will no doubt more than likely be construed as a rather controversial opinion; that the vast majority of writers of Letters to the Editor to The Daily News seem to have little grasp of understanding that in regard to the very system itself, there was a beginning, and there will be an end.
Like it or not, we've arrived at that end point.
You see, capitalist economics require continued expansion of an economy. From profits to markets, each must show sustainable growth or a likely possibility of such, in the long run, to keep things running smoothly. Who among you would argue that today's numbers - a shrinking GNP (gross national product) combined with the lack of true and actual employment growth - even remotely would come close to that expectation?
It is there in that seemingly hidden fact, that we here in the U.S. are not only losing market share but, truth be told, have little real chance of ever truly regaining even a fraction of what's been lost.
Think "Made in China" on over 80 percent of every retail staple sold in this country. It is there where we'll find the rubber of reality hits the road of actuality. We can "hope" and "believe" as long as we wish, but it will not alter our present circumstance.
Unless the minds of today's youth, who may still surprise us all with their ingenuity and resulting possible capabilities, find it possible to create "a better mousetrap" we are doomed to become victims of the very scheme that once fueled our greatness.
We shouldn't now, or then, be confused by the rhetoric surrounding it all. It makes for good sound bytes on the nightly news, but little else.
Shane G. VanLaanen
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.