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Category: Automobile industry
September 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Less than half of Seattle commuters drive alone to work

City needs mass-transit system The recent article on cars apparently deals with only Seattle proper, ignoring the huge amount of daily auto traffic to and from the surrounding cities. [“Cars losing grip on Seattle,” page one, Sept. 25.] The terrible traffic conditions in Seattle are not caused by people who live and work here. Of note, also,…


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August 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

‘Cash for clunkers’: It’s popular, but is it effective?

Convert clunker program to make natural gas cars Instead of giving car buyers $4,500 to buy a gasoline-powered, fuel-efficient car, spend the money on converting existing new cars to natural gas. That way we put more cars on the road that burn a fuel — natural gas — made in the U.S.A. instead of oil from Iran,…


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August 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cash for clunkers: Does program prove government can’t do health care too?

Nothing but idiocy in ‘cash for clunkers’ It is astounding that the Obama administration would join Congress in lauding and rescuing one of the most poorly planned and thought-out programs ever. I voted for President Obama on the hope that yes, maybe “we can.” He seemed so authentic, and I was especially heartened by his oft-stated concern…


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June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

GM nationalization

Big business, not government, has been demise of economy With the “temporary nationalization” of GM, we can expect outcries of “Socialism!” or “Big government!” [“Government rides along with GM on trailblazing route,” page one, June 2] But before denouncing the interventions of the federal government, why not consider the role that big business — not big…


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June 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

GM’s bankruptcy

Obama flushed bailout money down the drain I seem to be the only one with concerns about how the present administration is handling our money. I have seen nothing in The Seattle Times questioning the Obama administration about the $60 billion flushed down the drain by GM and Chrysler [“GM: How an American giant rolled off…


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May 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bankrupt automakers

Stockholders deserve more for investments If George Will’s column in the May 8 Times [“Auto companies should be left to the rigors of bankruptcy,” Opinion] is correct, the government’s plans for saving the auto companies will create great injustices. He says the government will end up owning 50 percent of GM. The United Auto Workers will own…


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May 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Saving the auto industry

Obama misleads on investment managers A native Detroiter, I admire President Obama’s enthusiasm in bridging many economic interests to help the auto industry. However, as an investment professional I was irked by a misleading assessment of investment managers in his April 30 address about Chrysler [“Obama plan could drive Chrysler to innovate or into ditch,” page…


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