More lack of production than 'Of Mice and Men'

The Day's editorial, "Unhappy in Connecticut," (May 5), citing a poll about the miserable, wretched masses eking out a meager existence on the hard rock scrabble of Connecticut, yearning to be free, conjured up literary giants TS Eliot and John Steinbeck. Until I realized Gallup did the poll, I was sure Chris Powell, chairperson of Connecticut's "chicken little" caucus, was behind it.

Imagine the gaunt faces of children packed into a Model T, confused and desperate as they began their journey to the promised land, Mississippi, emerging out of the metaphorical dust bowl of The Connecticut River Valley. My perceptions could be more historical, tracing the ebb and flow of goods- producing industries. From wooden sailing ships, textile mills and the hum of defense industries, Connecticut was a manufacturing hub supported by highly skilled workers earning commensurate pay. Historical perspective clearly defines the boom and bust cycles of each activity while identifying one constant, the production of goods. It is time again to re-invent ourselves as producers of goods, to resurrect our manufacturing and research skills. To those who will eschew this challenge, farewell.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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