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February 21, 2013

Letters to the editor - Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

‘Kokomo’s best days are ahead of us’

I was recently given the privilege of touring the new eight-speed transmission department at the Chrysler Kokomo Transmission Plant. Prior to that visit, I did not truly appreciate the transformation that has occurred there the past three years, nor did I fully grasp how significantly Chrysler is revolutionizing the transmission production industry.

The scope of the technology that has been deployed at KTP is astonishing. It is clearly state of the art and it is equally clear that a substantial investment has been made by the company in that technology and the equipment that embodies it.

Most impressive, however, were the people. I interacted with or observed literally hundreds of Chrysler employees from team members to team leaders to supervisors to top management and, without exception, they were enthused and focused on their mission to conduct a world-class manufacturing process.

Kokomo and Chrysler have been partners in this community since 1937. Their futures are as interconnected as their histories are shared. After observing firsthand the cutting edge technology being applied by a team of such committed and dedicated members, I walked away believing Kokomo’s best days are ahead of us, due in no small part to the commitment of resources, technology and talent that Chrysler has invested in our community!

Ronald J. Metz, Kokomo

Mourdock could ‘slink away into anonymity’

In an article bylined “Evansville” and published in the Feb. 18 Tribune, it is stated that Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has not ruled out another run for political office. What?

Mourdock lost a seat in the U.S. Senate in the election last November that easily should have been a Republican seat. The state went significantly for Romney. Mourdock was after the seat Richard Lugar had held for decades. What sunk Mourdock was his comment in an Oct. 23 debate, in which he said that pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended.” The article went on to say, “... many Republicans cast Mourdock as a good man who paid an extraordinary high price for a poor choice of words.”

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