LETTER: United States must stop relying on China, others for critical supplies

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As we all deal with the current public health situation, it is very clear we need to reconfigure the nation’s supply chain for goods.

We need to be less dependent on other countries for basic necessities and health care goods. We need to move our source for medical devices, personal protection equipment (gloves, masks, goggles, etc.), medicines (especially antibiotics) and other critical supplies back to America. We can’t count on China, India or anywhere else to provide these for us in a time of crisis.

We need to focus our money on developing supply chains for these items in North America, and a whole lot of the goods need to be made in the United States.

If the U.S. government has to subsidize the industry to ensure most of them are made in the United States, then so be it. This is one of the biggest threats to our national security and the health and safety of U.S. citizens.

I’m willing to forgo some of my paycheck every week so that these industries come back to America. I bet most Americans also are willing to do so.

Jeremiah Hill

St. Albans

Funerals for Friday, July 3, 2020

Austin, Daniel - 12:30 p.m., Austin-Hope-McLeod Cemetery, Gallipolis Ferry.

Browning, James - 1:30 p.m., Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Cogar, Lela - 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Cook, Thermal - 1 p.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Estep, Jerry - 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Grose, Violet - 2 p.m., Phillips Cemetery, Ovapa.

Hager, Vaughn - 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Ratliff, Karen - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Rose, Mary - 3 p.m., Mollohan Cemetery, Birch River.

Smith, Dorothy - 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.