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June 18, 2007

Mayor's car

U.S. automakers

The cost of a new car to Mark Funkhouser: zero.

The free publicity for Honda: priceless.

The negative connotation for our two area assembly plants: immeasurable.

Thank you Denver, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Omaha for supporting our American companies (6/14, Local, “Three Fords, one Chrysler, and a freebie”).

W. Ruckman
Kansas City

It’s a loaner

Argh! Kansas City doesn’t have anything better to do than whine about Mark Funkhouser’s usage of this car? Maybe I’m missing something here, but based on a recent article in The Star, it doesn’t even look like the mayor will even own the car.

In other words, he’s not being given a car; he’s driving a car while he is mayor. There are a lot worse things he could be doing.

Jason Parr
Overland Park

Comments

Lost_In_Ambivalence

My concern through this whole thing was the he would continue to get his vehicle stipend. If you are going to get a free car for being mayor...give back the money.

Lost_In_Ambivalence

I don't think we have taken this far enough. Nothing but boeing planes should be allowed to land at KCI. All construction done by/for the city should be done with Husqvarna machinery (they have the North American headquarters in Olathe). All meals picked up by the city should be eaten at Applebees. All cell-phones should be sprint-nextel. GPS...only Garmin. There are no computer manufacturers here so the city should get rid of all digital technology. I'm thinking...why do they have to have salads and potatoes. We are the breadbasket of the world. All beef and wheat from now on.

GCYL

“Once more VERY, VERY slowly so Jeff H can catch on, there are no Honda or Toyota plants in Kansas or Missouri or the Kansas City area. Those foreign car plants in other states just as well be overseas as their employees' paychecks do nothing to support the financial well being of the citizens of KC, now do they?” - Mike Thomas

I agree Mike. If the Kansas City area had a Honda plant then the make of the car would no longer be an issue. We would only be discussing ethical questions behind such a substantial “free” gift.

As a elected politician with two local auto plants the Funk man should have been politically sensitive to potential fallout by accepting a “free” auto that was not being manufactured locally. It may not be fair but it’s certainly politics on the local level.

red rover

Once more VERY, VERY slowly so Jeff H can catch on, there are no Honda or Toyota plants in Kansas or Missouri or the Kansas City area. Those foreign car plants in other states just as well be overseas as their employees' paychecks do nothing to support the financial well being of the citizens of KC, now do they? GM/Ford/UAW paychecks DO support KC. What do you do for a living, Jeff? I bet the auto plant employees here in town support you more than you know. 8000 of them working at the plants and thousands of other jobs reliant on the plant. If you people were one of these employees, you would feel differently.

red rover

Once more VERY, VERY slowly so Jeff H can catch on, there are no Honda or Toyota plants in Kansas or Missouri or the Kansas City area. Those foreign car plants in other states just as well be overseas as their employees' paychecks do nothing to support the financial well being of the citizens of KC, now do they? GM/Ford/UAW paychecks DO support KC. What do you do for a living, Jeff? I bet the auto plant employees here in town support you more than you know. 8000 of them working at the plants and thousands of other jobs reliant on the plant. If you people were one of these employees, you would feel differently.

BuddyT

Just heard the mayor gave the Honda back, canceled the Lincoln lease, and his back in his original rice rocket....I think he was heard to say, "Jeesh!"

wellpaidscientist

I think we should close all car dealers in the metro area unless they are a GM or Ford dealer. Having other foreign car dealerships and Chrysler/Dodge in the metro give a "negative connotation (to) our two area assembly plants"

Jeff H

Once more, and VERY slowly for those who haven't caught on yet (and I'm not referring to stone or Mr. Parr):

Honda and Toyota both have multiple plants within the US and have since I believe the 1980's.

So it's completely ignorant to claim that driving those cars is a slap in the face of american auto workers. Unless of course you want to claim that those multiple American factories hire only people who are not americans, and that Ford, GM etc don't hire anyone BUT americans, in which case I have this GREAT brush creek splash fountain/pool concept I'd be willing to sell you...

stone

right now jason. We need to make sure the mayor is doing what's right with the cities' money. I don't care what car he drives around in. If it doesn't cost the city anything, then the taxpayers are getting more bang for their buck. And the only reason Honda is getting so much free publicity over this is because people keep making such a big deal over it. If people wouldn't be complaining about this all the time, Honda would have had virtually no free publicity from this.

 
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