Hooray for Dayton Sherrouse and the Augusta Canal Authority. Their quick action saved the King Mill, one of Augusta's founding industries. It also saved 180 jobs for Augusta's citizens and protected many related Augusta businesses that supplied the mill. This textile facility uses thousands of bales of cotton produced by our farmers.
It is interesting to note that this year the U.S. farmers could produce (weather permitting) 21 million bales of cotton (2 million in Georgia). Our textile mills will only spin 8.3 million of these bales. We will export 9 million and the balance will go into surplus. Now the shocker, our country will import 21 million bales of cotton in cotton goods.
Thanks to Mr. Sherrouse and the Canal Authority for protecting the use of American cotton and keeping a few foreign boats from our shores. It may be a few tax dollars, but what about the American blood that was lost in World War II, Korea and Vietnam in protecting Americans and American industries?
C. Barry Whitney Jr., Augusta