I would like to thank Jim Hightower for his article in the last edition, “The Luxury of Chinese Labor” [“The Hightower Report
,” News, Jan. 11]. It never ceases to amaze me that people will buy a product at a high-end store and not even look to see where the product is made. Do you people really think that a $100 pair of jeans was really crafted by the fine artisans … of Honduras? To be completely honest, I don't really care about making a distinction in the quality of items. Modern technology allows most consumer items to be produced fairly well, regardless of their country of origin. My gripe is this: A person who works on the Ford assembly line can afford to buy a Ford car. A lady that works at an olive-oil bottling plant in Italy, she can cook with it when she gets home. Do you think that one of the laborers producing your designer purse can afford to spend two months' pay to buy said purse?