Foreign cars; US made

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In an Aug. 24 letter, “Buy from Detroit,” Mark Bauer suggested that Americans who buy “foreign” cars are the cause of Detroit’s decline.

That shows a lack of understanding.

Honda, Toyota and BMW all produce cars in U.S. plants. They’re made by U.S. workers and sold to U.S. distributors that sell to the U.S. public and do maintenance at U.S. dealerships. This creates tremendous cash flow in the U.S.

Of course, these plants are in South Carolina, Indiana, etc., but not Detroit.

Why? The tax structure and anti-business climate in Michigan, coupled with years of corruption in Detroit, make it impossible to do business there.

Detroit’s problems have nothing to do with not buying “American.” GM builds cars in Texas, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Parts are made all over the U.S. outside of Michigan. Ford makes cars in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Detroit and Michigan are reaping the harvest of over-promises, out-of-control unions, poor tax structure and an unfriendly business climate. Cars will be made in the U.S., even “foreign” cars — just not in Detroit.

I’m proud of my BMW made in South Carolina.

— Charles Andrews, Fort Worth

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