American Machinist

Image is everything. (Letters).

I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO YOUR MAY editorial ("There are two sides to every story," p. 8). In the New York metro area, manufacturing has such a bad image that it's willingly drummed out of municipalities, with great glee and delight. Part of the reason is that the suburbanite office workers who so gladly take part in such activities have an "image" of manufacturing in their minds--and let me tell you, it isn't good.

The image of a manufacturing worker, for instance a machinist, is that of an overpaid, underworked, beer-drinking, loud, slovenly guy. One who probably buries bodies in the Meadowlands when he isn't punching in for his no-show $35/hr job with triple overtime. …

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