To the Editor:
The Victor Dial recollection was an excellent piece on many levels ("The Wall fell, and the world changed," Comment, Nov. 30).
It reminds us -- or it should -- of how poorly governments do things. Trabants were poorly made, polluting and, in relative terms, expensive vehicles.
It also reminds us of the true measure of income: How long does one have to work to earn the price of the necessities and luxuries of life?
In the U.S.A., for example, the average worker needs to work several months to earn the price of the average vehicle. In the so-called workers' paradises that seem to be the envy of our current administration, you had to work five years and then wait as much as 10 years before taking delivery of a crude, poorly made, dirty product.
Why do so many Americans believe government to be the best deliverer of health care, let alone Dodges and Buicks? Government responds to the exigencies of politics while private businesses respond to the realities of market forces when allowed to.