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We'll miss the dealerships


Surely there are more efficient and less intimidating ways to buy a car, what with the Internet and all.

But is there a more American way? After all, think of all the Little League teams in small towns across our heartland, their uniforms emblazoned with dealership names that start with "Bud," "Chuck," "Buzz," "Scooter" and "Red," that will have to lay down their bats forever.

Think of the Fourth of July Sale-a-Brations we'll never sale-a-brate again. Think of the little minuet you do with the salesman, who knows all along what his bottom line is while you, sweat beading your brow, try in vain to divine it.

And let's talk about the law of unintended consequences. Think of all the American flags that will never get ordered. Enough, maybe, to shut down our domestic American flag production. Then, only the Chinese will be making American flags. What if there's a war, and we find ourselves without this critical strategic industry?

Clearly, this is a Mom and Apple Pie issue. Contact your Congressperson, before it's too late.

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I could never figure out how car dealers stayed in business with one on practically every corner. They can't be making vast profits on each sale, and they have scads of people hanging around the showrooms all the time that presumably get salaries (or maybe they are all on commission?). I always figured everyone in the country would need to buy a new car every month or so to keep all those dealers running.

I'm sorry to see more people out of work.

For once I was in total agreement with you Chan, right up to the American flag drivel.

What if there's a war, and we find ourselves without this critical strategic industry?

Let's avoid that catastrophe and stay out of wars. It's easy to do. We simply have to remove our troops from the hundred or so countries where they are stationed and mind our own business.

I'm sorry to see more people out of work.

We can't afford to have people working jobs in industries that can not make a profit. These people now have the opportunity to find better jobs for more profitable employers. They will benefit as will the overall economy.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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