Schrempp hurts Chrysler dealers
As a Chrysler dealer for 20 years and a Chrysler employee prior to that, I was more than offended when I read Juergen Schrempp's comments on his poker-playing approach to the negotiations with Robert Eaton and Chrysler.
I guess Schrempp never learned that poker is a game, and that's all it is!
His being less than honest places all Chrysler group dealers in harm's way.
Someone should tell him that one of the strange traits of an American is the ability to know when to bet and play ... and when not to lie and deceive.
Owner and General Manager
Giveaway guy: Look homeward
I agree with Peter Brown's Oct. 23 column, 'Repeat after me: A car is not a cell phone.'
It's odd that Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems Inc., would travel to Detroit to pass on a strategy that is oh-so 1999.
Before suggesting that auto manufacturers could make more money by giving away their vehicles in order to capture the revenue stream of Internet access, perhaps he should wait until the computer industry figures out how to do the same with its products.
The computer firms playing that game (Intersquid, PeoplePC and the defunct Free-PC, to name a few) are taking it in the shorts.
Even companies that take the much more modest strategy of giving away Internet access (NetZero, Juno et al.) are struggling.
Some Internet service providers give rebates on computers in exchange for long-term subscription commitments, but that's just a customer acquisition strategy.
But, please, forgive some of us here in the Silicon Valley if we make grandiose statements.
We're a bit lightheaded from oxygen-deprivation caused by the stratospheric cost-of-living here.
Mountain View, Calif.
Arizona problem: bad legislation
Re. your Nov. 6 editorial, 'Black eye in Arizona,' the problem wasn't using the tax code to make social policy, i.e., to clean up the air in Arizona.
The problem was that the legislation was poorly drafted and contained numerous loopholes such as not requiring the use of clean-burning alternative fuels.
Unfortunately, the problem still exists - Arizona has a serious air quality problem.
The failure of the current incentive program could set back the state's efforts to clean up the air.
What is needed is a more effective, more affordable program.
Other states have such programs for alternative-fuel vehicles and they work well.
Hopefully, Arizona will copy the program from one of those states.
The writer is director of alternative-fuel vehicle sales and marketing for DaimlerChrysler Corp.