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Extend federal program to get real ‘clunkers’ off the road


To the Editor:

This letter is more of a proposal for the very popular "Cash for Clunkers" bill, which is supposed to remove hundreds of thousands of less-fuel-efficient vehicles and replace them with vehicles that get better gas mileage. I have noticed a slight problem with the program; many of the vehicles being traded in are not clunkers, they are just older vehicles that don't serve a purpose to the past owners. I myself have gone to some of these car lots to view the "clunkers" only to find they are in much better condition than my own personal vehicle.

My proposal is a simple one: extend the "Cash for Clunkers" program to people that can't participate in the program due to stressed financial situations—to people who have real "clunkers." The idea here is that people who have an older vehicle that is in the poorest of condition would be able to trade them for one of the "clunkers" that were traded in to a dealer for "Cash for Clunkers." It's a win-win situation for many. Seeing how these perfectly good vehicles are going to be destroyed anyways, why not destroy the real "clunkers?"

This idea can provide opportunities for people such as the single mother who needs a safer mini-van or a larger car for her children, the self-employed handyman who needs a decent truck for his business, the recently laid off individual who needs a more reliable car to get to school or job interviews—the list is endless.

Not only will this create opportunities, but it would also make the roads safer for all of us. I know of many people driving vehicles which are in a high state of disrepair to the point they could cause a serious accident due to improper maintenance because of the lack of funds to fix it properly. With my proposed idea these cars and trucks would be destroyed and replaced with better vehicles.

If you are reading this and agree with my proposed idea, please write letters, emails, and place phone calls to your local, state, and federal lawmakers and representatives. Let them know you want an American bill to work for all Americans.

Eric Ashton, Allenton
August 19, 2009

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