- - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Don’t tell my friends or relatives, but I voted for Donald Trump. One of the reasons was that he was, surprisingly, the only candidate talking about the loss of American jobs to other countries.

The state of the U.S. manufacturing industry is more dire than most people realize. Much of the “manufacturing” done here now is really just final assembly work. Many critical components (such as sensors, bearings, motors and other electrical parts) used in American-manufactured products actually come from overseas sources.

As an engineer I have seen firsthand the steady decline in American-produced critical components. Our dependence for these components on overseas sources is a national security issue. What would happen if these sources were cut off? I hope the Trump administration addresses the loss of American-produced critical components.

RILEY MAYHALL

Germantown


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