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No Big Three bailout

November 14, 2008

Re "Kick the tires first," editorial, Nov. 11

For two decades, the Big Three American automakers have been making a fortune building and selling gas-guzzling SUVs while Toyota and Honda were developing energy-efficient, well- designed, long-lasting cars.

The Big Three were able to profit so mightily because their SUVs were exempt from the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards after they lobbied Congress aggressively.

Now the crybabies want a bailout? I say, "Heck, no." Let these companies wither or get bought up by companies that know how to make useful cars for the 21st century.

Bruce Joffe

Piedmont, Calif.

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