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December 13, 2018

Readers sound off on GM, the Yankees and Charlie Brown

November 29, 2018
Unsteady hands at the wheel (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Phot / AP)

‘News’ is all bad on Trump and GM

Glen Head, L.I.: It is predictable that your news reporters would slant any story into the Daily News’ usual anti-Trump rhetoric, and that’s exactly what they did with “Driving off a cliff” (Nov. 27). The fact that General Motors is closing five plants and laying off nearly 15,000 workers had absolutely nothing to do with President Trump’s tariffs.

The layoffs are caused by the fact that General Motors is not selling its cars to American consumers. Americans are not buying GM (or Ford) passenger cars. American consumers who buy sedans are purchasing cars manufactured by Honda, Toyota and Hyundai here in the United States. Why? Perceived quality differences, styling, features, resale values, price, better warranties — who knows why? About the only sales of Chevrolets in the United States have been to car rental agencies.




Trump’s tariffs are recent. GM’s failure to manufacture cars that appeal to American consumers has been ongoing for many years. Perhaps if Hillary Clinton had become President, Americans would have purchased thousands of GM products in joyous celebration of her coronation! Anything that The News reports on Trump is taken with a grain of salt and supplies a daily comedic touch of laughter. Robert Kralick

Auto diversity

Jersey City: GM claims American consumers no longer buy sedans, yet I’m surrounded by Camrys, Corollas, Accords and Civics. Allan Rickvalsky

Where’s the truth?

Edison, N.J.: Your story on the GM layoffs quotes a Harvard Law professor: “Trump was running around saying that the auto industry was building more plants and creating more jobs. This would suggest, again, that he wasn’t being truthful with the American people.” Question: Do you think Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Marx-ine Waters, Richard “I’m a hero” Blumenthal, Nancy “My father was a crook” Pelosi, Hillary “At this point, what difference does it make?” Clinton, Bob “I’m glad my jury wasn’t too smart” Menendez, Elizabeth “Tonto” Warren, Gov. Phil “Horsefeathers” Murphy, Bernie “Marx and Engels” Sanders, and Claire “Well, he never hit me!” McCaskill are truthful and honest? I don’t think so! Ross Walter Perlman

Portal in a storm

Washington: We appreciate and agree with the Daily News’ call for further restricting the hours that Portal Bridge can be opened (“Bridge the divide,” editorial, Nov. 26). In fact, Amtrak and NJTransit have collaboratively sought such changes previously and strongly support the recent effort by Gov. Murphy and Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker to again raise the issue with the Coast Guard. The suggestion, however, that eliminating rush-hour bridge openings somehow negates the ultimate need for an expanded and improved Penn Station, a new Sawtooth Bridge, the Bergen Loop that will create a one-seat ride to Penn Station for Northern New Jersey and Westshore New York residents, and other improvements under the Gateway Program is erroneous. We need to replace Portal Bridge, build a new Hudson River Tunnel and tackle these other needs if we are to build a rail system that can advance the region’s transportation needs for the 21st century. Stephen Gardner, executive vice president, Amtrak

One tree chill

Rockaway Park: To Voicer Victor R. Stanwich, who was worried about all the expense of building a fake tree every year: Wake up, Mr. Stanwich — that’s the whole point of a fake tree: You can build it once and have it for years! Ruth Graves

Not so neighborly

North Arlington, N.J.: To Voicer Dennis Fitzgerald: Ponder this: If a group of U.S. citizens were to conduct a disorderly protest bordering on physical threats to our public servants, the reaction would include tear gas. Now, if these cowards from other countries try to enter our country illegally and use their most vulnerable as shields, it is their stupidity that endangers them. The first question I would ask them is, “Why weren’t you that aggressive in your own countries?” I guess it is easier to sneak into the United States and work our system to steal our tax money through charity care. If they seek asylum, their first step would be to act in an orderly fashion and accept the fact that they have no right to make any demands while breaking our laws. Richard L. Caroselli

Share the wealth

Manhattan: If Mayor de Blasio has his entire legal fees paid by New York City residents, then I will retain his lawyers to represent me in my case versus the New York City Human Resources Administration. I have been paying my taxes since I was 18 years old. Now I want a lawyer to represent me in a long-standing Housing Court case, and wish to retain de Blasio’s legal team. I think that this is just fair enough. Cecilia Gullas

Cheap pinstripes

Danbury, Conn.: Re: Mark Fischer’s well-written report on the stinginess and greed of the Yankees in distributing playoff dollars (“You’ll get nothing and like it,” Nov. 27): The Yankees, led by player rep David Robertson (now a free agent), failed to give any of the playoff dollars to some of the lowest-paid but hardest-working employees including support staff, trainers, clubhouse attendants and batting practice pitchers. The average share of the playoff dollars received by the players was $43,000. Other individuals got partial shares. Why would Robertson, who made $13 million last year, want to stiff these employees? And why wouldn’t the other players involved in the decision insist that the shares be given out more equitably? Does one think that Robertson or the other players really need the extra $43,000? In the spirit of team cohesiveness, one would think that the players would have forgone the payout altogether and given it all to the employees who work so loyally behind the scenes. When does goodwill finally override greed? Richard Glehan

Where the problem lies

Jamaica: To Voicer Helen E. Purdes: Are you serious? You mean to tell me that you are more “heartbroken” over the sexual dalliances of a former President than you are with the pathological lying, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the racism and the bigotry that the current resident of the White House has encouraged and which have served to divide this nation? The corruption of his administration and of the Constitution of this great nation to suit his needs and those of his cohorts? Are you telling me that you are OK with all this? If that’s the case, then you are a “yuge” part of the problem, not the solution. Carlos R. Edwards

Word choices matter

Ashburn, Va.: I just read “Teacher commits suicide in classroom during school hours: (Nov. 7). For the benefit of those whose loved ones have died by suicide, the term “committed suicide” only serves to further the pain that survivors already feel by attaching a connotation of criminality to the act. While some may argue that this is just political correctness, if we can act so as not to exacerbate people’s pain, why wouldn’t we? The terms “died by suicide” or to a lesser degree “completed suicide” are preferred. Thank you. Patricia S. Park, MS CCC-SLP

Say it with pride

Carmel, N.Y.: I can’t take it anymore. The word veteran has three syllables, not two. Stop saying “vetran”! It sounds terrible. Thank you. Robert Callen




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