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When it comes to ‘buying American,’ the lines are blurred



Published: Sun, May 10, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

When it comes to ‘buying American,’ the lines are blurred

EDITOR:

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen about a trend I have noticed over the past several months regarding opinions being expressed on television related to “buying American.” In specific, the broadcasts I have seen are referring to buying American cars as opposed to “foreign” cars.

This was brought to my attention again last weekend when there was a rally in Trumbull County and one of the men interviewed expressed something to the effect — and you better not buy a foreign car.

I own a Honda Accord. This is my second Honda and my present car is almost six years old. When I bought my car, I felt good about it because I knew there were Honda plants in the U.S. including one nearby in Marysville, Ohio; therefore, I was also supporting the American economy because American workers are employed in these plants.

The question that keeps coming to my mind is: What is American when it comes to purchasing an automobile? From what I understand it, some of the parts for American cars built in American plants come from foreign suppliers.

I feel that this continued anti-foreign verbalization by “authority figures” might lead to problems for those who own “foreign” vehicles. I want to feel safe in my automobile as I drive from place to place and not feel that my car may be targeted for vandalism because it is considered a “foreign” car.

In addition, being an American I hold dear my freedoms. One of which I believe is my freedom to choose. It is my choice what type of automobile I choose to make payments on for five to six years and this choice should not be influenced by outside pressures.

The economy is very bad for everyone, and it has been reported frequently that Americans are just not buying as we did in days gone by. Instead of pointing the finger and trying to place blame, our energies could better be used to work toward finding solutions.

DORNEDA WILLIAMS

Youngstown


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