LETTER: Foreign cars dishonor vets

We keep hearing about Toyota's problems, but why do we stop at Toyota? What about Honda, Nissan, Kia, etc. As a Vietnam veteran who
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010


We keep hearing about Toyota's problems, but why do we stop at Toyota? What about Honda, Nissan, Kia, etc. As a Vietnam veteran who spent a year in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, I and guys I stay in contact with, say the major problem is the thousands and thousands of our soldiers who were killed at Pearl Harbor, World War II, Korea and Vietnam by the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese. Some of these men were as young as 17 years old. Out of respect for them and to show all veterans we still remember, we should show these countries we don't want their junk in America.

People say the cars are made in America. It's not where they are made but the fact they are Japanese. If you don't believe this, read the Sandusky Register article on Feb. 14, "Japan fears Toyota recall could chill U.S. ties." That headline should say enough but throw in that Toyota's president is Akio Toyoda and their North American head is Yoshimi Inaba should tell you that the Japanese are making all the decisions and raking in all the profits. They are definitely Japanese.

So for all the men who were killed in any war we should show pride and respect for the United States of America. I guarantee you if you would have spent at least six months in Korea or Vietnam you wouldn't have anything to do with the junk either.

Ted Sturzinger



columbus avenue

Actually, alcoholic ex-GIs do more dishonor than a dumb car.

pigeon farmer

Great Op-Ed Ted. The US should follow the the Japanese policy of banning all US beef. No Japanese merchandise should be sold until it is proven safe. My grandfather was held on Palau. I wish Harry would of dropped a third bomb.


And while you're at it, stop buying English Tea (1776!), maple sugar from canada (war of 1812), tacos from taco bell (spanish american war), and saurkraut. Remember the alamo!

Mr Independent ...

Here's the situation. I'm sure Americans want to buy American made cars and trucks to support the American economy. However, when jobs are sent over seas for the sake of profit for the corporation we no longer have a say in what we can buy. Instead of blaming politicians of the US and foreign companies we should look at the American automotive corporations. They are making profit by sending jobs over seas and as long as that happens they don't care what's made in America and what isn't.


interested, good point.



I agree that the majority of things that come from and/or are assembled in China are total garbage. I used to work at a place that outsourced a lot of their supplies and assembled in the States so they could put USA stuff on their boxes. I had the headache of dealing with a 50% scrap rate on parts and explaining why we were not improving our profits when we were getting it so much cheaper.

Conversely, the Asian manufacturers of automobiles have historically been Japanese. The Japanese are firm believers in quality. The Chinese absolutely don't care about quality as long as the part ships and they get paid. now that there are more auto parts being made in China (for both domestic and "foreign" makers) I am curious to see the results, and hope they are not deadly.

The majority of American people don't care where things are built. They just want them cheap. Myself, I just want something of quality.


Foreign cars do not dishonor the vets, the elected officials in Washington dishonor the vets by not placing a tariff on the imports. If you think I am wrong, look at the tariff placed on American products going oversea's.

brutus smith

Good question BR549. In previous recessions the companies were still here to go back to. And friend, you act like we had a choice as to which products to buy. For example we used to buy GE industrial motors and had no idea they were now built in China until we saw in very small print Made in China. Corporations have done this for greed only. And by the way the motors coming from China last about 2 months after their warranty expires, thereby causing more expense to American companies.


I was just wondering if anyone knows how we are going to end this recession , when we sent the middle-class jobs overseas? It used to be when demand for products & services picked up, employee's were recalled to work from layoff, I dont see how they are going to drive to ASIA to get back to work !
Again I'm just wondering..........


From Cars.com

Half of the most American cars have "foreign" name plate.

1. Toyota Camry** Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.
2. Ford F-150 Dearborn, Mich.; Claycomo, Mo.
3. Chevrolet Malibu*** Kansas City, Kan
4. Honda Odyssey Lincoln, Ala
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500*** Fort Wayne, Ind
6. Toyota Sienna Princeton, Ind
7. Toyota Tundra San Antonio
8. GMC Sierra 1500*** Fort Wayne, Ind.
9. Ford Taurus Chicago
10. Toyota Venza Georgetown, Ky.

*Excludes assembly plants suspended or scheduled for shutdown: Pontiac, Mich. (Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra) and Orion Township, Mich. (Chevrolet Malibu).
**Excludes hybrid models, which are broken out separately, as well as the Toyota Camry Solara.
***Excludes hybrid models, which are broken out separately — or, in the case of the Malibu Hybrid, suspended for consumer sales.

Sources: Automaker data, Automotive News, dealership data, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Mr. Sturzinger,

With all due respect, does that mean you have nothing foreign made in your house? Absolutely nothing at all? No Sony, Panasonic, Dell, Apple, clothing, nothing? This is a very ignorant and incendiary view. As Americans, our military fought for us to have the freedom to buy what we want.

Living in a country that specifies what kind of vehicle we can buy is not anywhere I want to live.