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Posted: Monday, December 8, 2008 7:02 pm | Updated: 9:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 I would like to say thank you to the man who helped my 93-year-old grandfather at the airport on Dec. 1.

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GOOD SAMARITAN

Thanks to a kind stranger

I would like to say thank you to the man who helped my 93-year-old grandfather at the airport on Dec. 1.

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When I checked him in at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the airline didn’t know his flight would be delayed for four hours.

The airport attendants checked his walker in and then wheeled him out to his gate in an airport wheelchair. He is diabetic, nearly deaf, and pretty much immobile without his walker. So you can imagine that I panicked when I first found out about the delay later on that night, wondering how Grandpa survived the day in the airport alone.

But I cried when he told me this story. When his plane was delayed you must have noticed him sitting there and realized he needed help. You took him to the rest room, bought him food and then refused his money.

I don’t know if you are a Christian, but your service shows me the true spirit of Christmas; “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” God bless you.

AIMEE KELLER

GILBERT

THE ECONOMY

Big 3 should fix problems

Government must stay out of the free market, and let the less-healthy U.S. auto manufacturers file chapter 11 bankruptcy. They’ll emerge as better companies. Although not a pure comparison, the airlines went through serious economic turmoil and restructuring. Over that period, well-known airlines disappeared such as TWA, Eastern and Pan American.

And let us be reminded of Lee Iacocca, CEO of Chrysler in the 1980s. He went to the nation’s capitol and got a bailout. It was about $1.2 billion loan guarantees, but he had a vision and a get-well plan. The corporation repaid the U.S. government way early.

Fast forward to the recent congressional hearing, where auto executives were testifying about burning through large sums of cash and made their case for a handout. Unfortunately, the spectacle was that of executives flying to Washington D.C., in their corporate jets, which made their plea for a bailout less ingenious. It’s time the auto industry embarked on a different business model and not more of the same. The executives know the basic tenets of cost restructuring, eliminating excesses such as layers of management, suspending bonuses, and limiting unions unwilling to negotiate concessions.

The order of the day is for the auto industry to survive on its own and avoid creating a new form of federalism. Emerge from the financial crisis with retooled and modernized factories equipped to produce more gas efficient automobiles, alternative fuel cars and introduce advanced electric cars.

RAY TORRES

SCOTTSDALE

Auto bailout benefits union

The Democrats have always been for unions. Now the Big Three auto makers need help. How did they get in trouble? Unions had a lot to do with it. The Big Three pay around $80 per hour to each employee which includes benefits. Toyota and Honda pay about $50 including benefits. Toyota and Honda sell for less.

If the Democrats don’t help bail out the Big Three, the UAW will be out of business. No more cushy $80 jobs. But can the Democrats turn their backs on the union? This is going to get interesting and the Democrats have it all in their hands. No one else to blame if it goes bad. They wanted change. They’re going to get something but it may not be change and it won’t be easy.

BILL WEBB

MESA

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA

No one cares if it’s office

The Tribune’s recent editorial admitting that you chuckle every time Barack Obama delivers his almost-daily “I’m not president yet, but boy, oh boy, would I like to be” message (From the Hip, Our View, Nov. 29), reminds me of the legend claiming that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Boy, oh boy, one need only read between the lines to discover the drips of short-sighted and sarcastic bias by which (or is that by whom) the piece was warped together.

The U.S. economy lies in a heap of ashes due to the intentional neglect and deregulatory madness of the current administration and — rather than applaud President-elect Obama for attempting to bolster public confidence and for having the vision and foresight to assemble a team of knowledgeable, caring folks who can hit the ground running on Jan. 20 — you chuckle. I guess you couldn’t fiddle because you’re more interested in discord than harmony, no matter how dire the circumstances.

If you’d like to aim your drips at the genuine “faux” of the people, point your poison pens at the current occupant of the White House. His solution to the economic crisis is teaching Barney the attack dog how to bite nosey reporters.

SAMUEL SPOONER

APACHE JUNCTION

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