The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

April 22, 2014

These things cause me concern for the future

RICHMOND — I was just thinking the other day about things that are happening in this country that do not bode well for the future.

I am very concerned for the future of our country. What will we leave for our children and grandchildren?

I love high school and college sports. I am not a fan of professional sports. I watch the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the NBA playoffs but rarely watch other professional games.

Is there anything quite so enjoyable as a Friday night high school football game, or a Saturday college game. The same is true for basketball, baseball, tennis, track, soccer and others.

An announcement was made a few weeks ago that causes me to worry about the future of college athletics.

The football team at a major university has petitioned to become unionized. They insist they are employees of the university and need the ability to bargain.

Can you imagine what will happen if that is approved? College and university sports teams all over the country will become unionized. If that happens, I believe that will signal the end of amateur sports in colleges and universities. That will be a tragedy and a terrible outcome.

The economy of the U.S. concerns me greatly. I can’t help wondering if the economy would be much better if the American public would be loyal to American companies. I do not believe for one moment that foreign-made goods are better quality or cheaper than American made.

Fruit of the Loom announced it will close its plant in Jamestown, Russell County, and transfer that operation to Honduras in Central America. That will result in the loss of more than 600 jobs.

I ask, where is the loyalty of American companies to this country? I have a lot of Fruit of the Loom clothing, but I’ll buy no more. The sad thing about that is, what will I be able to find that is made in the USA? That is a sad commentary on the whole idea of loyalty.

I will try very hard to buy American goods where they are available.

That is most obvious in the automobile industry. I absolutely refuse to believe that foreign cars are better than American cars. We’ve been brainwashed to believe foreign is better. I don’t believe for a moment that foreign products are better than American ones.

I do realize that many of those foreign cars are assembled in this country. I’m grateful for the jobs those provide, but when someone buys one of those cars, where does the profit from that sale go? It goes to Japan, Germany Sweden, Korea and that list could go on and on. When I purchase a car, I want the profit to go to Detroit.

An announcement was made just a few days ago that so far this year, the number one selling car in this country is the Ford Focus. That is like music to my ears. I hope that continues.

I have more details on this subject that I will use in a future column.

TRIVIA ANSWER

On January 31, 1958, the first U.S. satellite was launched into orbit. EXPLORER was launched by the Army.

TRIVIA QUESTION

On January 20, 1986, the birthday of what well known person’s birthday was observed as a national holiday for the first time?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When a man says he will fix something, he will. He does not need to be reminded every six months.

 

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