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Letter: Pass bill to promote repair of electronics

Pass bill to promote repair of electronics

It is upsetting to learn that the Fair Repair Act was recently killed in the New York State Legislature. That bill would have helped prolong the life cycle of many products, which will end up in a landfill instead of being restored to usefulness.

During the ’50s and ’60s, we had an entire industry of repair shops throughout the country dealing in electronics. Most of them were independent retailers that rented stores, employed additional help and paid taxes. These establishments started to disappear in the ’70s and have now become extinct. It was a great industry where people were not only able to work, but where they could learn a trade while doing so.

In Erie and Niagara counties alone, I can remember close to 100 such retailers along with at least six distributors that supplied the parts, materials and sometimes the training. Instead of forcing consumers to buy more imports that are overloading our landfills, let’s support S03998-B and create jobs here.

Paul Sciandra