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It's been too easy &inexpensive for companies to send jobs overseas

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you, Mr. Rottenecker, for your recent letter about a topic so important and yet so often avoided by most of the presidential candidates: what to do about all those U.S. manufacturing jobs lost overseas and what might be done to keep here those we still have.

Hereʼs a modest proposal which I sent to Sen. Kelly Ayotte a few months ago.

It has been too easy and too inexpensive for the U.S. companies Mr. Rottenecker listed to move their manufacturing operations overseas or to Latin America in search of cheaper labor and/or other costs. As another example, in the 1980s, the Big Three automakers moved much of their manufacturing across the Rio Grande and to other places in Latin America. Tens of thousands of middle-class Americans lost their jobs. Hundreds of companies supplying parts and other goods to the Big Three lost business, and cities like Detroit and Flint, Mich., lost tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues.

Some argue that those cities, the Midwest region, and the American middle class have yet to recover what was lost when the Big Three shut down their American plants. How many millions of dollars had been given to the Big Three in subsidies, tax breaks, and taxpayer-supported infrastructure projects? Not a penny of it had to be repaid by those corporations before they pulled out.

So I urged Sen. Ayotte to sponsor legislation that would do the following whenever an American manufacturing company planned to move their operations overseas:

1. The IRS would do an audit to insure that the company paid the highest corporate tax rate (currently 39 percent) for the year prior to their exit. By this law, the company would forfeit the right to claim any exemptions or to pay a lower rate.

2. The dollar amount of any and all local, state, and federal subsidies, tax breaks and taxpayer-paid beneficial infrastructure would be calculated and presented to the company for repayment in full.

3. Except for profits and other liquid assets, the company would forfeit other property on American soil. This would include manufacturing plant(s), raw materials, every machine, piece of equipment, tools, furniture, and supplies — down to the last roll of toilet paper in the janitorial closet. Such forfeiture is justified because the loss of manufacturing jobs represents a threat to our national security. Too extreme?

Contact a German company like BMW or Siemens and ask if, by law, it can leave the home country.

4. The employees whose jobs are being lost would be given the opportunity and help to organize, assume ownership of the above assets, and to resume production as a cooperative.

Of course, even if my proposal were to become law, I realize that American companies would still leave the country. However, I believe it only right and fair that they should have to pay a cost for doing so.

Mike Dowal

New Hampton

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Emerald Ash Borer is already killing trees along Concord streets

To The Daily Sun,

We all know ash makes great firewood, and in light of the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) continuing to increase its range here in New Hampshire, we may have a lot more sooner than we would like. Recently Belknap County was added to the quarantine list since the adult bug was found in both in Belmont and Gilmanton EAB monitoring traps. If you are an ash tree owner in the quarantine area and this hasn't raised any red flags for you yet, it should.

In Concord where EAB was first discovered in 2013, EAB is already killing trees along the streets and in people's yards. This will continue as the population of EAB steadily grows and the destructive larvae decimate the conductive tissue in the trees. This will eventually happen as the insect population builds seeking out new victims. All ash, white, green and black are susceptible to the insect We have learned from other infested states that once an area has EAB it takes about seven years for nearly all ash to die without some sort of intervention.

In Detroit where the insect was first discovered in 2002 they have seen 99 percent mortality.

This will cost homeowners, businesses, and communities thousands of dollars in tree removals.

So what is one to do? Throw up their hands and wait for the inevitable? No, there are options and opportunities to plan ahead as well as intervention to treat highly valued landscape ash for the insect before it's too late. Planning ahead could mean planting another species near your ash tree to eventually take its place, or contacting a reputable tree care company to assess the tree.

They will be able to provide an estimate of cost to treat the tree with a pesticide, or possibly remove it. Treated ash trees can theoretically last as long as the treatment continues, but may succumb at some point. The decision to treat or not to treat can be used to extend the survival of the tree in order to spread out the inevitable removal. A high value landscape ash tree may be well worth the effort to protect it.

Communities and property managers should start assessing their landscape trees now. The loss will make a sudden impact in many communities leaving everyone pointing fingers and looking for money to address the problem. Taking the time to explore your options early will allow you to have some control over the demise of your tree as well as your tree removal budget. Purdue University has an online cost calculator that can be found at this site www.extension.entm.purdue.edu/treecomputer/ which estimates the cost of removal base d on the size of the tree. Be proactive, it is not too early to start evaluating your options and planning ahead. For further information and resources please visit www.nhbugs.org

Scott K. Rolfe, Community Forester

N.H. Division of Forests and Lands

Planning and Community Forestry Bureau

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