City should buy ‘American’
March 2, 2010 · Updated 11:25 AM
I write this as a longtime (35-year) resident of Mercer Island.
The good news is that our Mercer Island leadership is looking at “Green Options” — a tip of the hat!
The bad news, I can’t fathom. Regardless of the good intentions or cost, I cannot believe that the Mercer Island City Council, city manager and chief of police would select a Toyota vehicle — a “foreign nameplate” even though assembled in the United States when:
1. We are trying to get our homegrown auto industry back on its feet.
2. Millions of our taxpayer dollars are in play to try and make GM a viable player in the auto industry. Chrysler is holding on by its fingers and Ford does make hybrid SUVs.
3. Toyota has “confessed” to withholding life-threatening engineering flaws from the public.
This is not just a stupid decision — it is absurd and clearly shows how out of touch our city leadership is with reality. Whoever made this decision should be reprimanded, or even better, fired.
The Mercer Island Reporter has the responsibility not just to put a pretty picture in the newspaper, but to conduct a deep investigation into the rationale of this decision based on the aforementioned concerns I have expressed.
The car should be sent to a used car lot and the city should buy “American.”
David R. Evans