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Thoughts to consider from Delphi picket line

Howard Greene is a shop chairman and United Auto Workers union member at Limestone's Delphi plant. He's been a Delphi employee for 26 years.

He was standing on the one-day picket line Tuesday as part of the protest of how Delphi chief executive Steve Miller is trying to save the bankrupt automobile parts maker. Mr. Greene understandably focuses his view of the world on his pocketbook.

But Mr. Greene spoke some larger concerns that spill over into Hometown America, where there is increasing worry that the nation is losing its industrial base.

He made three important points:

  • America needs fair trade, not free trade.
  • Companies should not be allowed to declare bankruptcy and then eliminate pensions.
  • The nation must have affordable health care.

    Mr. Greene said these three issues could destroy the American middle class if not resolved.

    He's right.

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