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Port Closures Shed New Light on El Toro Airport

October 13, 2002

The port closures show that El Toro is more important to the economic health of our county than ever, and should be used for air cargo immediately.

Time is of the essence when it comes to cargo. Sending it to distant Inland Empire airports, instead of nearby El Toro, will only result in a lower profit return as it is delayed by traffic. Our county's position as a global trading power must not be held hostage by maritime work stoppages, or Irvine NIMBYs who want taxpayer-subsidized urban sprawl.

Donald Nyre

Newport Beach

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Is it just me, or does anyone else out there feel it is wrong for a union, afraid of accepting technology, and afraid of losing a hundred jobs, to have the power to shut down all the ports on the West Coast of the United States?

Mike Buettell

Balboa Island

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I drive from Orange County to San Diego several times a month on Interstate 5. During two trips last Saturday and Sunday, I again experienced the pleasure of driving along that route without having to contend with the frightening, racing and tailgating container trucks. I'm sorry about the closing of the ports, but the freeway was a lot safer.

Sam Lucas

Laguna Hills

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While America may not meet the strict definition of a colonial state, the cargo being held on container ships at anchor off the Port of Los Angeles suggests otherwise. The (Asian) imports were as follows: furniture, apparel, toys, computer equipment and footwear. Our exports consist of wastepaper, resins and plastics, raw cotton and mixed raw scrap. How is it that we have become the major source of exported raw materials to the sweatshops and developing industrial powerhouses of the orient, and the major importer of their finished goods?

George Davis

Newport Beach

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