To the Editor:
In his Jan. 12 column, "Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news," Richard Truett brings up valid points regarding slow diesel and hybrid sales.
However, as a new- and used-vehicle dealer for 40-plus years, I have carefully studied consumer trends, and I have found that when fuel prices drop, the economy revives and spending is up, creating jobs, new businesses and greatly increased car sales and sales tax revenue.
That is good, not bad, news.
And when taxes increase, which Truett advocates, people retreat to less spending and, obviously, there is less sales tax revenue.
It is the responsibility of manufacturers to be flexible enough to offer products that are affordable and desirable for the motoring public.