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Letter was a clunker



Published: Wed, September 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Letter was a clunker

EDITOR:

A letter that appeared in The Vindicator, Aug. 25 from a misinformed Hermitage resident needs a response.

1. Toyota Corollas sell for approximately $18,000 and not $30,000 as the write suggested. They get 30-35 mpg and some even get 40.

2. Implying the Toyota automobile is a “foreign” car is indicative of the writer’s lack of knowledge. I own a Toyota that was manufactured in Kentucky which means Kentucky residents benefited from the Toyota plant with wages for its workers and the community and state also benefited from tax dollars provided by the company.

3. It appears the writer would have the government take away an individual’s right and freedom of choice and limit “cash for clunkers” to vehicles from just the “bailed out” companies, GM and Chrysler.

The “cash for clunkers” government sponsored effort not only increased the national debt, but failed in its efforts to boost GM sales.

Most people choose to purchase a vehicle based not just on its cost, but also on its record for frequency of repairs, gas mileage, body integrity and trade-in value. This is still a free country, although with this administration and its dozens of czars (some of them with very questionable backgrounds), some of the freedoms we have may be short-lived.

MARY BELLOTO

North Lima


Comments

1NoBS(2012 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Well, Mary, the Cash For Clunkers program was supposed to stimulate the AMERICAN economy. It should have been written so that the benefits went to American companies only. Why on Earth would the American taxpayers help boost companies that are in direct competition with domestic companies?

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2hellsbells(116 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Mary seems to be one of those people we used to be warned about in science fiction. It seems to her that the entertainers they see on television are her friends and neighbors.
(See her last two sentences -- signs of a Fox viewer)
She is not concerned about saving jobs in our own county, or their contribution to county services.
Next time you want the road fixed Mary, call the Fox Network.

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3Pierside12(9 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Most people buy a particular brand of car for reasons other than what Mary listed??
As far as saving jobs in our county, we have car dealerships of all makes here. What is the issue?
Also, I doubt if our local lawmakers knew that "Cash for Clunkers" was even in the stimulis bill considering the fact that there was no time given to read the bill before voting on it.

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4northsideperson(365 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I have bought American vehicles for over 20 years. Unless the domestic auto manufacturers start coming up with comfortable, well-built cars that are also economical, I will be looking at alternatives. I've driven American mid-size and more recently small cars. The quality and comfort doesn't compare, and US makers didn't offer anything that did.

I don't want an econobox, and I'm willing to pay more if they will make something worth having, something that has a chance of lasting over 100,000 miles.

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