Comments for: Maine’s New Balance trade balance Maine’s New Balance trade balance Snowe called for Obama administration negotiators to ensure that a pending free-trade agreement with Vietnam take care not to threaten companies such as New Balance. Read More How Dansko footwear left Maine and landed in China Maine’s New Balance trade balance Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. 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Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported. Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous It is sad, but our Government will cave in to Nike, and all other shoe importers. The sad part is that the big companies say it will lower the cost to consumers, but we all know it just means more money for them. We the people of Maine need to let our elected officials know how we feel, it is our only hope of saving these jobs. I have only purchased Made in Maine New Balance sneakers since 1983, and I want to be able to keep doing so for many years to come. Anonymous And what’s the point of “lowering the cost to consumers” if those consumers no longer have a job and as such can’t buy your product? I have been buying Maine-made New Balance shoes/sneakers since moving back to Maine in ’95. Skowhegan Resident Despite New Balance has started to hire more employees, i think it is just a matter of time before New Balance comes out and pronounces they are shutting down US factories for overseas manufacturing And the day is more near than far. Anonymous I wrote a letter to the owner of New Balance a few years back thanking him for everything he does for the State of Maine, and the communities of Skowhegan and Norridgewock. He replied and said he has no intention of ever closing down manufacturing in the USA, and he sent me a pair of Made in the USA socks to boot. If people want to save the factories, let the owner know how you feel. PS. I am not a New Balance employee, and I am not in the manufacturing field. Anonymous ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME AND THE DOORS WILL CLOSE IN THE US ! HOW CAN YOU COMPETE WITH .33 PER HOUR ? Anonymous Don’t buy there crap! It is the only way! RoostookGuy By making a better product, by buying the better, instead of the cheaper, product. If you want to know why American businesses close-down and ship overseas, take a cold, hard look in the mirror. Every time you buy some cheap piece of crap that breaks a year (or month ! ) later from WalMart, you’re putting Americans out of work, sending money overseas, and ending-up looking pretty dumb for buying cheap instead of sturdy. My NewBalances last easily twice as long as cheap imports, are more comfortable, and keep Mainer’s proudly working. We still make a lot of products here in America. You can pick-up the phone and talk to someone IN America if you have a problem or suggestion. There ARE American companies that succeed that are going that extra mile for you. Write your reps and let them know that you are not going to forget when they betray American businesses, employers and employees. INSIST that American companies INVEST IN American Education, American production, and American JOBS. And STOP buying crap from American companies that DON’T. Anonymous Bravo!!!! You could not have said it any better!!!!!! RoostookGuy People seem to have amnesia. This whole problem started when everyone got relatively cheap and easy credit that they couldn’t afford to pay back, so that they could buy cheap crap they didn’t need. Look at all the bankruptcies filed in Maine, people went out and bought all sorts of “toys” they couldn’t afford. When they finally realized they not only were NEVER going to be able to pay back their credit loans, but couldn’t even afford the monthly minimum payments, they just filed for bankruptcy. They put themselves out of work by spending money on crap instead of on making themselves more employable, instead of spending on their own education and job training. The biggest con people in Maine have fallen for is the con of easy credit. You’re still poor even though you’ve been approved for a credit line. Carrying a balance on that credit line just proves that you’re poor AND stupid, AND destined to REMAIN poor. Poverty is a choice, living within your means is a choice. Investing in your future is a choice. Buying an ATV instead of taking some college or vocational courses is a choice. Judging from all the bankruptcies filed in state over the last few years, a LOT of people have made some very, very bad choices. My hope is that most of them have learned a valuable lesson, but until the public schools make an effort to teach people some basic financial skills, I don’t see things changing very dramatically in a positive way. If you can’t do basic math, you can hardly be expected to figure out how much that cheap and easy credit is REALLY going to cost you over time. I’ve counseled people who’s eyes rolled in the back of their heads when I showed them, on paper, just how much carrying their credit balances end up costing them. The conclusion is always the same – they would have been better off just going without the non-essentials, the “toys”, the buying of crap they didn’t need that didn’t actually DO anything to help them create a better future. Credit IS a great thing – when it’s used properly. When it’s used improperly, it wrecks the economy, costs Americans jobs, and sends investment capitol and businesses overseas. Anonymous As a nation, we have spent a lot of time and energy ensuring that the last two or three generations believe that there are no consequences to their actions, and therefore no need to take on any kind of personal responsibility such as responsible financial management, personal betterment through education, etc. Overextended on credit? Just declare bankruptcy! Unemployable due to lack of education? Go on the dole! Spilled hot coffee in your lap? Sue the restaurant! Nothing is MY fault, why should I have to suffer for it? We have only just begun to reap the consequences of what we have sown. Dude All you would need is about 3 of those jobs to survive…at $8 an hour you’d be lucky to pay your gas costs for getting there and back…. Anonymous Guess what, we live in a time when the husband and wife NEED to work. That $8.00 an hour is a good second income!!!!! Also, I bet they get more than $8.00 an hour at New Balance. Anonymous That’s still less than 200% the federal poverty rate if the married couple has any children. They would qualify for government services. Thats tax payer money. So much for the employer, little government within a big government, taking care of it’s people. Anonymous I would go barefoot in the snow before I bought shoes from Vietnam. Kathy S Interior, darkend room, speaker swings flashlight wildly around room – (speaking quietly) Did you hear that? I know I heard a noise…(full voice)OMG!!! What is it? I’m scared. (places flashlight under chin, sobbing) I don’t know what is going to happen. I…I…keep hearing this pounding, thudding…ohhhhh….make it stop. Please make it stop. (quietly, almost a whisper) Please make it stop. (collapses to floor, hands over head, flashlight rolls away) Thank you, thank you. I hope you have enjoyed my solo performance of ‘The Last Nail in Maine’s (America’s) Coffin’. I’ll be here all week. Anonymous I hope LePage doen’t read this article…..33 cents an hour, he will tear down the mural and the wall behind it for those wages. Anonymous I will buy nothing but New Balance sneakers from now on with no consideration of price. Thank you New Balance for being a great American company. By the way, I don’t recall seeing any American flags with Made in USA when I am shopping for sneakers. I hope it is proudly printed on the box. Anonymous Keep in mind that around 75% are still made overseas. You have to look at every tag, or go to factory store. I have done it since 1983 and I have no regrets, thanks for supporting New Balance. Anonymous The footwear made outside the US are crap. They have pointy heels that fit no one’s foot. It is a crying shame that so many companies that made shoes in the New England states, went out of business and took the jobs of so many talented people away also. A relative of mine sewed sample shoes for Viners in Bangor. I hand sewed loafers for Viners for a short while also. Anonymous If military has to buy shoes made on American soil, then where would they get there shoes if the last factories that make shoes in the United States close? Anonymous The government purchases boots and shoes made in China right now for government employees!!