2008.01.30 Leon Shulters

Written by David Green.

The news media tells the American public to buy America’s products. What a joke. I bought a new Chrysler Voyager LX van Feb. 1, 2003. At a little over 70,000 miles the brake system fell apart and it’s all rusted up.

My trouble started with the emergency brake. I use my emergency brake all the time when I park the vehicle. Within two weeks the brake system started seizing up under the vehicle and it had to be replaced and everything was rusting up.

I went to the Chrysler dealer where I bought the car. I told the service advisor the problem I had with the brake system. I told him at about 70,000 miles the whole system fell apart because of rusted cheap parts. He said I was lucky to get that many miles. I had to replace most parts under the van.

I told him I bought a new Chrysler Caravan in 1992. I got 100,000 miles on the brakes and then had to replace only the brake pads and shoes. He said I will never get that again. I asked him where Chrysler got their parts for the brake system now. He said China. Buy American. Impossible.

I get a kick out of people in readers’ forum letters in newspapers who say if you don’t buy Ford, GMC or Chrysler products you are not buying American. How little these people know. China, for one nation, has swamped us with repair parts and they are not good quality. Buyers, beware.

– Leon H. Shulters

Co. Rd. 10-3, Lyons, Ohio

 

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
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  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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