TO THE EDITOR:
I'm concerned about the messages portrayed in Automotive News of late. Journalism should look at both sides of an issue and present it so the reader may form their own opinion. Let me pose a question regarding tariffs ("Dealers fear lower profits will force job cuts," July 2). Has anyone looked at what it would mean for America if we brought steel and parts manufacturing back?
Why the doom and gloom? What if steel mills in the Rust Belt reopened? What if American companies could compete again? I realize we operate in a global economy; however, the dealers noted in the article sell cars domestically. Has anyone within your organization noted the positive ramifications of bringing back jobs that we let slip away?
I have traveled to most of the states in this great nation and have seen the devastation to communities where manufacturing moved overseas. The poverty and desolation is eye-opening. Towns across the Southeast have lost textile manufacturing and lie in disrepair. Dealers in those towns, long past their heyday, have been impacted by that job loss. Those dealers are trying to buoy up their communities, to continue to service them and to have something to pass on to their children. Tariffs have impacted the automotive industry for years via unfair trade. Instead of the "tariff tornado," perhaps you should write about the opportunities available to companies in this country when the tariffs are instated, companies that will again be able to compete in a thriving automotive industry.
CARRIE PFINGST LINTZ: Chapel Hill, N.C.The writer has spent her career in the auto industry, including at two automakers, a leasing company and a dealership.