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February 28, 2013

Letters to the editor - Friday, March 1, 2013

GOP glory-seekers can stay out of plant

Being an employee of Chrysler, it is a great feeling to see this company rise from the depths of bankruptcy and doing so well in today’s market. All of the bankruptcy loans have been repaid in full, a new plant is slated to open in Tipton, and many new jobs have been filled with more openings to come!

With that being said, what bothers me is that whenever something good is about to happen at Chrysler — as in the visit of the president and vice president or the visit of our own CEO and chairman, Sergio Marchionne, to announce jobs and future investments — the governor and local leaders come bouncing in, as if they have done something.

I am really surprised (not really) that Mike Pence, Mike Karickhoff, Paul Wyman and others would have the nerve to show their face in Chrysler. None of these Republican glory-seekers are friends of labor. Hypocrites! Not once were they in Chrysler’s corner when the economy tanked and Chrysler was going belly up. They did not support the bailout and were content on letting Chrysler shut down.

Not one ounce of Chrysler’s success can be attributed to anyone in this group. Only the blood, sweat and tears, along with the many sacrifices of the work force involved. Fiat and Sergio Marchionne have given us the vision and model to get us back to being a great company once again, but it would not be possible if not for the work force.

Chrysler and its employees contribute a lot to this community. The Kokomo Perspective does a great job in acknowledging this. Kokomo hasn’t become a ghost town, like Anderson or Muncie, with the closing of Chrysler, and I hope it never does.

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