July 12, 2002
"Visa Cut Threatens Rural Clinics" (July 7) misses the real story. Migrant workers face a shortage of medical care because too few Spanish-speaking Americans have trained as physicians, not because too few physicians might emigrate from India. Congress could have trained minority citizens as physicians. Instead it imported foreign doctors through special visa programs. Why offer affirmative action to foreigners instead of our own people? We import physicians who struggle to learn not just one but two languages, both English and Spanish, in order to serve rural clinics.
October 5, 1986
Robert Curlender wonders why car buyers do not complain about the prices charged by Japanese car dealers ("Uproar Over Pricing by Some Domestic Car Dealers Is Unfair," Letters, Sept. 14). Curlender should understand that money is not always the reason for purchasing a vehicle. The attitude of both the American manufacturers and dealers is apparent in his comments. I have bought import cars since 1972. Why? Because they offer a superior product, and the dealers I have dealt with are concerned about their product and repeat customer business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1999
Now that the U.S. has made headway with China on world trade matters during the president's visit to New Zealand, perhaps he might wish to do something to improve our trade relations with New Zealand by showing the rest of the world that we are not as hypocritical about trade as might be thought when we seem to encourage U.S. exports but discourage imports. A case in point is the apparent embargo by the U.S. on the import of inexpensive lamb from New Zealand, which deprives us of the opportunity to enjoy real lamb products because we can only obtain the expensive mutton (from sheep that are too old to be used for anything else)
July 28, 1985
President Reagan opened a can of worms that could prove to be very troublesome when he instituted quotas on the import of Japanese cars in 1981 to help the auto industry out of economic difficulties. Although he recently canceled this form of artificial protection for American-built cars, the aftereffects are beginning to be felt. Aside from the fact that during the four-year period quotas were in effect car buyers had to shell out more than $15 billion in added costs for new cars, more and more companies are calling for quotas as a means of economic aid during difficult times.
June 25, 1989 |
As an American-owned company with a factory here, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. experienced a familiar raft of problems with the government. Licenses to import critical raw materials were endlessly delayed, work permits for expatriate technicians went unapproved, price increases were denied. Government approval of a $25-million plant expansion was held up so long that it was finally scrapped. And officials ignored Firestone's complaints that contraband tires were being smuggled into the country and sold for less than it cost to manufacture tires here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1996
Re: "Most Cities Meet Target for Trash Cuts," Jan. 8. If the cities are again successful in reaching their new target of reducing trash dumped at the landfills by the year 2000 by another 25%, does this mean Orange County must import even more trash to offset the reduced trash-dumping revenue? And if so, once again, how does this prolong the life of the landfill? Recall that importation was precisely the strategy the Board of Supervisors approved recently to offset reduced revenues due to successful trash recycling within the county.
March 20, 1987 |
Federal authorities have seized more than half a million pounds of frozen Japanese salmon as evidence in an alleged scam in which the fish were shipped to the United States, repackaged and returned to Japan labeled as an expensive American import. "If it says 'Made in the U.S.A.' on the label, you can get a lot more money for (salmon) in Japan," said William T. McGivern, chief assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco. "It's the old status thing.
July 21, 1985
I hope that President Reagan has good taste in shoes. Regarding the "Shoes Quotas a Costly Idea to Save Jobs" (June 17), it is economically unrealistic for an American to have to pay twice as much for shoes if the International Trade Commission's "novel import quota idea for the shoe industry" is adopted, for the United States to spend $50,000 to $80,000 to save each employee's $14,000 average wage, and to have the U.S. Customs Service or another agency...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1986
Crosby M. Kelly, a pioneer in international corporate public relations and marketing, and the man who launched the nationwide sales campaign for the first Ford car produced after World War II, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Litchfield, Conn. Kelly, who was 68, had retired in 1978 as a vice president of Rockwell International, and in retirement worked as managing director of a graphics communications firm.