22-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13,1987 ANN LANDERS .THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL. U.S. quality questioned Dear Ann Landers: I have tried several times to get the following message across to the appropriate persons. I now believe that you are my last hope. To General Motors, Chrysler and Ford: You have done a fine job of placing us in a no-win position. You have gone to a lot of expense to promote the idea that it is unpatriotic to drive a foreign- made car. I refer to phrases such as "Born in America ... again" and "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet." I have always driven an American-made car. I feel a moral obligation to support my country and help the people who work in this industry. However, my patriotism is costing me a lot of money. My cars don't last as long. They don't look as good. They arc more expensive and less trustworthy. The time down for repair work is a nuisance. The problems are, more often than not, unfixable, leaving me to believe that the trouble lies in the basic design. I will continue to purchase American-made cars, not because they are the best, but because I would feel guilty if I didn't, but I am a rarity among my peers. Of my five closest friends (including my husband) only one drives an American car. The others won't even consider it. So, Mr. Smith, Mr. lacocca and Mr. Petersen, I will continue to buy your cars, but I believe you have lost most of my generation to the foreign car markets and getting them back will not be easy. — An American in Indiana Dear American: I wrote to Mr. Smith, Mr. lacocca and Mr. Petersen and offered each an opportunity to respond. I received prompt replies from Roger Smith, chairman of General Motors, and Donald Petersen, chairman of Ford. Lee lacocca of Chrysler was uncharacteristically silent. Here are the two responses: Dear American: Foreign competition combined with a very strong dollar did endanger the U.S. auto industry. At the beginning of this decade we faced difficult choices: Get better or go overseas. Of the cars and trucks GM sells in North America, 87 percent are still U.S. built, higher than any other manufacturer. We've invested billions in new plants and technology. GM has come through its crisis of change. The quality, durability and driveability of GM cars is now far better than the perception of them in the marketplace. — Roger B. Smith, An American in Detroit And now hear this from the chairman of Ford in Dearborn, Mich.: Dear Ann Landers: Thank you for the opportunity to respond to "American in Indiana" who is buying American cars out of patriotism although she doesn't think our cars are as good as foreign- built ones. The quality of our vehicles has improved substantially during the past seven years. Based on the! number of things gone wrong that owners complain about, Ford's 1987 model cars and trucks, are more than 60 percent improved when compared with 1980 models. We will not rest until Ford cars and trucks are world class in every respect—Donald E. Petersen Think BIG Albertsons CITRUS PUNCH SUNNY DELIGHT ALBERTSONS LOW FAT MILK 64 OZ. BONELESS WHOLE TOP SIRLOIN BUTT Beef In The Bag 25% off 30% 40% off off TRADE-IN CERTIFICATE When you present this certificate, you can trade in your JCPenney diamond and get full credit for its purchase price when you trade up to a newer, more expensive diamond. Dazzling diamonds, by the carat Brilliant cocktail rings in exquisite designs, from .25 CT to 2.00 CT t.w. Even gents' diamond rings. In 14K gold. Includes that jewelry where diamonds constitute the greatest value. Sale prices effective through Saturday, September 26th. All stunning stoneset rings Rubies, sapphires, pearls, blue topaz and lots more. Some with diamond accents. 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STORE HOURS: Atonfey-Friday »:»a.m.-9:00p.m. Saturday »:»«.m.-«:00p.m. Sunday 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. JCFtenney Pear Tree Center, Ukiah •* TOP SIRLOIN STEAKS LESS THAN WHOLE SUB BARBECUE BEEF BACK RIBS CAKE ANGEL FOOD each 12 PACK BEER HEIDELBERG ALBERTSONS LARGE GRADE AA EGGS dozen 79' Prices Effective September 13 Thru September 15.1987 LIMITS We reserve (he right lo limit individuals purchase lo ten packages of any item lor sale except items where otherwise noted. Sale items are not available to any commercial dealer or whole saler. Items are subject to slock on hind. •^•m ^ej ^ SIQCK on nana. Albertsons* © Copyright 1987 by Albertson's Inc. All Rights Reserved In the Pear Tree Center Ukiah STORE HOURS; 6AM-11PM Daily, Sunday 7AM-10PM AVAILABILITY Each ol these advertised items is required to be readily available lor sale at or below the advertised price in each Albertson's store, except as specifically noted In iiiis ad. 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