Letters to the Editor

IN FOCUS: Winning Boeing

Working together should catch on

Once in a while, the course of events is such that the obvious could become axiomatic. A case in point is the manner in which South Carolina governmental elements functioned in the successful pursuit of a high stakes objective, the securing of the new Boeing assembly line for the North Charleston area.

Although congratulations are richly deserved by all concerned, a question appears to be in order. If all state agencies were to show a similar initiative and a will to cooperate in achieving lower stakes objectives (e.g., turning in top daily job performances), might not the state soon be hovering around the top of the socioeconomic pole, instead of rattling around somewhere near the bottom?

BOB A McILWAIN

Columbia

Leaders worked together for deal

Over the past several years many in our top legislative leadership have been criticized and our governmental structure has been questioned. Through all of this our leaders have continued to do the job the citizens elected them to do and conducted themselves with the dignity befitting their office. Never has this been more evident than during the negotiations with Boeing. Many fine people were involved in this effort. However, special recognition should go to Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell, Senate Finance chairman Hugh Leatherman and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell. They were the key players who negotiated the incentive package which attracted Boeing and assured Boeing executives that South Carolina had the political stability and commitment to business development necessary for Boeing to flourish. While words are a very powerful tool, in the end it is actions which speak the loudest. In South Carolina we are fortunate to have these gentlemen serving our state. They have again spoken very loudly by their actions.

ROBERT W. MARLOWE

Mount Pleasant

Recruiting doesn't end with Boeing

All South Carolinians must be as thankful as I that our government and business leaders won this magnificent Boeing decision. This sweet victory proves that South Carolina workers and workplaces are a prosperous solution for many international corporations struggling with labor unions and lazy work forces. Interestingly, news reports pointed out the critical relationships that both Mark and Jenny Sanford developed over time with key Boeing executives in Chicago. Thank you.

However, South Carolina cannot sit back and rest on its laurels. False hubris after companies have come here has turned to sorrow thereafter. Air Tran Airways is a recent example.

My two-part question to every South Carolina employee, executive, CEO, banker and election-seeking politician would be: How much harder and smarter will we be working to ensure Boeing stays here for good? What are the next three, five or seven Boeing-like deals on our radar screens?

Every South Carolina graduate student, business executive, government leader and economic commission must continually venture out beyond state borders to aggressively develop new pipelines of key corporate relationships to solidify fresh investments and create new jobs here. Multinational corporations pushed to near-fatal financial disaster by labor unions are now perfect prospects for South Carolina's harder-working corporate and manufacturing environments.

Gen. George Patton once remarked, "all glory is fleeting."

BARON C. HANSON

Charleston

S.C. has workers for Boeing plant

In the next two years, Boeing company will need to hire many workers. Charleston is not so far from Columbia and experts say as many as 40 new companies may follow Boeing to South Carolina. Some of the them will be close to us. We must be prepared to furnish these workers.

Encourage those in your neighborhoods who are not working to go back to school. Your choices are public school, adult education or technical school. People in their 40s and 50s can take advantage of this opportunity.

MARGARET MIMMS

Bishopville

Union left behind in Boeing move

As South Carolina celebrates landing the Boeing plant, I hope we are also thinking about how casually Boeing is leaving their unionized work force behind and about how other companies have made similar moves from union to pay-to-work to overseas.

BETSY RUSSELL

Columbia

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