Letter: Camas closure has many reasons




Why lay off 280 employees at the Camas paper mill? Costly paid sick leave? Less printing due to cellphones? USA’s environmental regulations? It is the cheap labor in China, Russia, India and Indonesia and the environmental regulations. No amount of “wooing” local politicians can level a playing field where a worker is paid $1 a day overseas vs. $28 an hour, and where there are no regulations protecting air, water, land or humans. Current trade pacts enable and encourage moving mills overseas by banning tariffs that used to “level” the playing field between foreign and U.S. products. But, no more. Sigh.