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To the Editor

August 12, 2009

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Daughter’s photo appreciated

Thank you very much for including the photo of our daughter Suzanne in the July 22, 2009, Vibe section. She was thrilled to see herself drumming with the pipe band. I was also in one of the photos, so I thank you, too. We appreciate publicity for the band (e.g., St. Patrick’s Day parade front page), and thank you and your staff for all the hard work going into The Rock River Times.

I’m sure I should be thanking others at your office.

Tim Russo

City of Rockford Pipe Band

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AAIA predicts consumer backlash on
Cash for Clunkers

As new car dealerships ramp up advertising to attract motorists to the showroom using
Cash for Clunkers

as an incentive, we anticipate a consumer backlash once reality replaces the hype and car owners realize that
Cash for Clunkers

is nothing more than a clever slogan for a program to spend $1 billion of our tax dollars to fund a government-subsidized vehicle trade-in to help new car dealers sell cars. Consumers will soon learn that they are simply trading in their vehicle and will still have to jump through all of the hoops to qualify for and purchase a new vehicle.

The much-heralded fuel efficiency and environmental benefits of purchasing a new vehicle could easily be achieved through better maintenance of an existing vehicle or trading up to a newer used vehicle. Any savings from improved miles per gallon will be lost from the costs involved in destroying and disposing of the
clunkers.

We continue to strongly oppose
Cash for Clunkers

because it prematurely destroys vehicles with many more years of useful life, denying consumers more affordable used vehicle options.

Kathleen Schmatz

President & CEO

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)

Bethesda, Md.

from the Aug 12-18, 2009 issue

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