November 21, 2012

Regarding the Nov. 17 front-page article “It turns out Twinkies don’t last forever”:

Far more worrisome than the demise of Twinkies and other Hostess brands is the potential loss of 18,500 jobs as a consequence of the company’s bankruptcy. Since many of these jobs are manufacturing positions, the affected employees are unlikely to have the skills needed to find jobs in other industries.

If efforts aimed at saving the company fail, it will be incumbent on government and the private sector to retrain many of these workers so that they can be reemployed at good wages.

In an economy where jobs are still hard to find and high unemployment persists, finding new jobs for these workers should be our focus — not the loss of a particular product, no matter how beloved.

Joe Lustig, Montgomery Village