Officials of Italy-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles say they understand the Jeep brand, but chose to build a new model without American labor (“Renegade to be first Jeep sold, not built, in North America; Model’s mixed heritage reflects international nature of industry,” April 20).
American industrial labor that built the World War II military arsenal — including Jeeps — led to Italy being freed from fascism. Our military is strong today, but without a strong industrial manufacturing base in America, that may not always be so.
Americans who are desperate for living-wage jobs could easily build the Renegade here. But Italy wins out over America’s best interests.PAUL WOHLFARTH Ottawa Lake, Mich.
Editor’s note: The writer is a UAW Local 12 retiree.
Mosquito spray draws concern
The Toledo Area Sanitary District’s plan to control mosquitoes by spraying a toxic chemical this summer should be stopped. The pesticide that will be used to kill mosquitoes also kills butterflies, bees, fish, and birds. It poses harm to people.
There are natural ways to control mosquitoes that are more effective and nontoxic. But chemical companies don’t profit from these.
Individual residents can attempt to fight back by opting out of the spray program. But this option is not publicized. Although you may be able to protect only one property, it’s still worth doing if you favor life.
Editor’s note: A Toledo Area Sanitary District spokesman says the effect of spraying on other life forms is negligible. Residents can opt not to have their properties sprayed by contacting the district at 419-726-7891.
Don’t belittle Spang’s success
I hope the “June Cleaver” comparison that Blade columnist Keith C. Burris made to Sandy Spang was just an example of a botched pop-culture reference and not an evaluation of the Toledo City Council member’s success in this community (“Doing better with agents of change,” commentary, April 8).
While I don’t doubt Ms. Spang’s prowess in the kitchen, she has earned respect that extends far beyond the limitations of the 1950s.
Child is right; thank a veteran
I am an Air Force veteran and I agree with what young Myles Eckert said (“Child teaches lesson in respect for veterans,” commentary, April 11).
It means a lot to walk up to a member of our Armed Forces or a military veteran and say: “Thank you for your service.” It shows that you care.
I go out of my way to do just that. It makes me feel good.
West Capistrano Avenue