The Panama Canal is the eighth wonder of the world built by Americans. The French tried, but failed. The Americans succeeded. We had the technology, intelligence and manpower, and we accomplished a mission that many called impossible. Let us not forget the thousands of Americans who died building it and the $132 million that the American taxpayers paid for it to be built.
One of our ex-presidents, Jimmy Carter, signed a treaty to give the Panama Canal to the Panamanian government. Carter said it was too costly, plus he whined that giving the canal back would diminish the anti-American sentiments that were escalating. Excuse me, many from South America are still anti-American. They just want our dollars.
Just to enlighten you, what is happening now, the Panama Canal passes 1,500 ships a year and is in the process of building another lock, using the American blueprint. If it was so costly to maintain, how can the Panamanian government afford to build another one?
This leads me to another treasure that was built by American hands, American technology and American steel and is at risk of being destroyed. The S.S. United States. If you are interested in helping save this American treasure, contact your U.S. Senator.
Elizabeth M. Sullivan
Paw Paw/East Manatee, Florida