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December 12, 2013 at 6:29 AM

GM bailout is still not complete

When GM produces quality cars that exceed fuel efficiency standards, then we can call it a success

While I agree with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on his statement that without the money given to GM the U.S. would have lost over a million jobs and might have slipped further from a recession to a depression, I have to ask why the American people didn’t have a voice in this decision [“$10.5 billion price tag for federal GM bailout,” Business, Dec. 10].

Granted taxpayers cannot be informed on all the issues specific to the auto industry, but, in principle, bailouts should be the topic of a larger discussion and specific legislation regarding when such rescue maneuvers are appropriate.

Today, some say President Obama made good choices that led to a recovering auto industry, but the truth has yet to be revealed. How the money was truly used and how much of the $26.8 billion in cash that GM now has on hand will be “returned” to the tax payers is still an unknown.


0 Comments | More in Economy, Energy | Topics: Auto bailout, GM

June 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Genetically modified wheat scare in Oregon and Washington

Everyone has the right to know After reading the article about genetically modified (GM) wheat, I am left with one overriding thought: We all have the right to know. [“Wheat scare leaves farmers in rough spot,” page one, June 19.] Washington wheat farmers have a right to know what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)…


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: democracy, genetically modified, GM

June 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Genetically modified wheat scare

A dire harbinger of things to come I disagree with Glen Squires’ position that the discovery of unauthorized genetically modified (GM) wheat in Oregon is merely an isolated “glitch.” [“Guest column: Industry will survive wheat ‘crisis,’” Opinion, June 13.]Rather, this is a dire harbinger of things to come — GM wheat crops soaked in the…


0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: farm, farmer, farming