I simply cannot believe GM is on the brink of losing its Saturn car brand.
I was born and raised in Detroit and distinctly remember all the hoopla and fanfare associated with GM launching the "visionary" car concept.
Outstanding engineering, superb craftsmanship, personalized customer service. The salespeople were all Dale Carniege graduates who reminded everyone they didn't "haggle" over the price, and buying a new Saturn would be downright joyful.
Poised to outsmart and outsell the Japanese, Saturn was GM's holy grail.
Seems after the banners were taken down, ads and marketing programs haulted, GM went back to its old ways.
Shoddy workmanship, staid styling, exorbitant built in health care and pension costs, and the "mafia," I mean UAW, always at their doorstep asking for more, more, and more.
Now on the blocks to the highest bidder, it's a prime example why GM filed for bankruptcy.
In contrast, look at the 2009 lineup from Toyota, Honda, Nissan. The Camry and Accord and Altima rival BMW at half the price.
Building a better car was possible, just America couldn't do it.
Paul D'Argent, 37209
Who are they to judge?
I have watched these past few weeks as a majority of our state Legislators move to (quoting dissenting Justice Allison Humphries in his 1973 language) “sell our birthright, equality and freedom for a mess of pottage, a cheap easy way for [Appellate Court Judges] to be perpetuated in office.”
I'd like my Constitutional right to vote for an Appellate Judicial candidate of my choosing restored and resent state Legislators who are violating their Oath of Office by denying it.
Some of us won't miss this right until it's needed, but it's too late because it is already gone.
Tony Gottlieb, 37216