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ms liberty

(8,692 posts)
24. I live in furniture making country in rural NC
Mon Apr 15, 2024, 08:44 PM
Apr 15

A lot of America's furniture is made here, within a 75 mile radius of my house. It's really difficult physical labor, and people end up wore out and old before their time. Upholsterers by about age 50 have knarled hands with swollen joints, same with any of the spring up and frame assembly people. Finishing work on the exposed woods has the problem of lung and breathing issues due to the stains, paints, and the inevitable sanding. Sewers aren't left out either, the repetitive motion of sewing is terrible for the hands and arms, as well as the pulling and tugging needed to feed heavy upholstery fabrics through the machines.
We have other manufacturing here too ( most all the duct tape sold during the COVID craze was manufactured not 20 miles from my house), and all of the industries have their own issues, but the bottom line is that a lot of the work, probably most, is factory and physical. It can be decent money - if you're good at your job - but it requires hard work on production pay...meaning you get paid per piece. Much of the rural south lives in those kind of jobs.
Then add to that the fact of being 20 miles or more from a hospital in an area where it might take an ambulance 15 minutes to get to your house, and take them another 25 to get you to the hospital and you end up with what we've got now.

Access to quality medical care may be a part Maeve Apr 15 #1
bingo. WarGamer Apr 15 #5
And, the city hospitals are now bamagal62 Apr 15 #6
You're right, especially about access to specialists. ShazzieB Apr 15 #22
Jeez !!!! Karadeniz Apr 15 #2
They die of jobs where OSHA is absent or barely present. no_hypocrisy Apr 15 #3
I think you're right. And the stats should be able to show this. erronis Apr 15 #11
I live in furniture making country in rural NC ms liberty Apr 15 #24
And I thought we were doing a good thing buying American. LT Barclay Apr 15 #27
It is a good thing. But it's not easy work, it's physically demanding ms liberty Apr 15 #37
The pieces are definitely quality and we are "bringing them home". We are working on a move to Anderson, SC by June. LT Barclay Apr 15 #38
Oh yes, you will be able to find someone I am sure. n/t ms liberty Apr 15 #40
Don't forget more pesticide exposure, higher reliance on hunting and fishing for sustenance LT Barclay Apr 15 #25
Good points. Everyday life harards/stresses, coping attempts. brush Apr 15 #28
"Stick it to the libs" idiocy is undoubtedly a factor. Aristus Apr 15 #4
It also encompasses males being against other practices that they perceive as "nanny state" or anti-macho. Sky Jewels Apr 15 #8
The only problem is when it ends up killing someone other than the toxics themselves. Aristus Apr 15 #10
Yeah, but men have always been that way. erronis Apr 15 #12
Yep. Anyone remember Sarah Palin drinking a "diabeetus in a cup" Big Gulp... keep_left Apr 15 #19
It worked. jimfields33 Apr 15 #36
People in cities are more active Buckeyeblue Apr 15 #7
And In so calif urban areas..gyms are packed!! Demovictory9 Apr 15 #9
IMNSHO, refusing to expand Medicaid is reprehensible. ShazzieB Apr 15 #13
Can we state it in the same moralistic terms as Fox News would? JadedButHopeful Apr 15 #14
I have a hospital literally a block away from my house. BlueTsunami2018 Apr 15 #15
We're On The Fringes Of Chicagoland ProfessorGAC Apr 15 #29
It's 41 miles to the nearest hospital for me Kaleva Apr 15 #34
At least they're voting for people who will put their kids to work after they're dead. Probatim Apr 15 #16
Opioids? In the US Appalachian & Ohio areas irisblue Apr 15 #17
All of the things others have said Tree Lady Apr 15 #18
I remember reading how badly fried fish impacted the heath of southerners BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 15 #26
True, I try to stay away from fried food Tree Lady Apr 15 #41
Stubbornness Drum Apr 15 #20
Republicans, in their determination to be cruel, are killing off their voters dlk Apr 15 #21
Insecticides&herbicides OceanPete Apr 15 #23
Yep, all those toxic chemicals in the clime nearby are sure to kick butt, then bucket kicking. brush Apr 15 #33
It is likely a number of things. Manual jobs in all weather and poor working conditions are two I think. twodogsbarking Apr 15 #30
Medicaid expansion has not been implemented JustAnotherGen Apr 15 #31
+1 betsuni Apr 16 #45
Rates can be misleading when talking about small numbers Kaleva Apr 15 #32
I live 30 miles from the closest hospital equipped with a Cath Lab Cheezoholic Apr 15 #35
yikes. glad you made it. BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 15 #43
They closed a few hospitals/clinics in rural area in my area. LiberalFighter Apr 15 #39
Because their employers choose profit over regulations? Initech Apr 15 #42
I notice the food first when I visit family in "rural America." hunter Apr 15 #44
I was a vegetarian traveling thru the south..it wasnt easy Demovictory9 Apr 17 #46
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