Readers run over Morrissey auto columnWritten by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of Tom Morrissey’s April 26 column “Save American jobs — buy foreign autos,” is too true, but now is not the time to think GM or Ford or Chrysler, but jobs.
Where did the jobs go that employed your cousins and mine , my nephews and grandsons? If we do not support the Big Three, especially here in the Toledo area, these jobs will never come back. Wait until the playing field is level and times are better, then buy what you want, but until then, let us all pull together and get our country on its feet and out of foreign hands; if we don’t pull together, we will all die one at a time.
I cannot control the origin of the shirts/shorts/pants that I buy from an American manufacturers, but I can control the name of the car I buy. If we don’t support our American companies, who will? Not the countries that have had their hands out for 100 years, a few with knives in those hands. I am not a letter writer normally, but thought I would let you hear the opinion of a World War II veteran.
KEN HAYNES, Toledo
Terrible gut punch
I am sure I am only one of hundreds of letters Tom Morrissey will receive regarding his April 26 article. You ruined my lunch and gave me a terrible gut punch. I have never seen an article that supports buying foreign products as bad as yours. Maybe you don’t mind sending your hard-earned dollars to Korea, Japan or Germany, but I sure do and so do many other hardworking Americans.
We are not stupid, like you imply; we know that parts interchange, vehicles are produced from both foreign and American products, but we also know where the profits go. I would like you come over here and sit with me for just one day, while I attempt to provide services for many hardworking Americans who have lost their jobs, their homes and have no prospect of ever helping their child through college because they work for companies who are very much affected by the Big Three. Have you ever missed a meal?
I know many people in the South who work for foreign car companies and they are glad to be working because, gee, isn’t it nice for everyone to have a job? But they will also tell you the profits go “home,” and that’s not here.
There are many musical, artistic and social programs now down the toilet because they were funded by the Big Three. If you will do your homework and read back issues when there was a lot going on in town, you will see that the biggest financial supporters of these programs, ranging everywhere from picnics to large festivals, were supposed by the Big Three, mostly Chrysler. You will not find the sponsors to be Honda, Toyota, Kia or Volkwagon.
I feel good, though, that you will never have a GM or Chrysler sitting in your driveway because you frankly don’t deserve a quality product. Quality is reserved for people with class. And people with class do not slam their fellow Americans and the many hard-working people in this area who have over and over again supported education and community for people like you. You obviously have no clue about the “trickle down effect” when it comes to our economy. Do you homework and grow up.
RUTH TRZNADEL, Toledo
A few more …
… I think Tom Morrissey’s mom dropped him on his head when he was young. I hope he is left without a job to pay for his Japanese car …
… Just because a Honda unit is assembled in Ohio doesn’t mean it was “made” there. There is a lot more to building a vehicle than assembly. Look at the PT Cruiser. That unit was 100 percent designed in the United States, yet assembled in Mexico. However, it was still designed and engineered in the United States. Can you say the same for the Accord or Camry? …
… Regarding “foreign” and “domestic” labels, it doesn’t matter one bit where a given vehicle is assembled. What matters is where the parent company is incorporated and where the profits from the sale of that vehicle ultimately wind up. GM, Ford and Chrysler are all incorporated in the United States, and the bulk of their profits flow back into and benefit the U.S. economy. Toyota, Honda and Nissan are incorporated in Japan and, therefore, the bulk of their profits benefit Japan …