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Letter: Program is waste of good cars

Granted, there are always two sides to every story, but President Obama's "cash for clunkers" program has a side to it that absolutely makes no sense to me. I'm referring to the provision that calls for the destruction of the vehicles that are traded in under this program. The reason this provision doesn't make any sense, is because the day might come when we wish we'd not destroyed those vehicles, especially, the ones that still ran and looked good.

For example, look at Cuba. They are still driving cars that were made in the 1950s. The way things have been going in this country, and still are, how long do you think it'll be before America is in the same shape as Cuba? It could happen. We might be sorry we destroyed all those good vehicles for the sake of a few extra miles to the gallon. We waste more resources in this country than we use. In my opinion, destroying perfectly good vehicles, granted, some of those vehicles were nothing but junk, but the ones that weren't are the ones I'm referring to, and several of them fit into that category.

The Obama administration tries to portray itself as being concerned about taking care of the poor people in this country. What a crock! To me, sharing the wealth means more than taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor, it also means thinking about their future needs, and an affordable automobile could well be one of those future needs.

How many poor people do you know who can afford to buy a new car, at least at today's prices? Not very many! How are they supposed to get to work, provided they want to work, or even have a job in today's economy?

I'm talking about the people who are struggling to make a living, and need a car to get back and forth to work, the people whose luck has run out, the people who are drowning in medical bills. Life isn't easy for the people who fit this category.

Norm Baker