Letters to the Editor (Pub. August 15, 2018)

Put a Stop to Brake Trouble Before School Starts

Dear Editor,

When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list. Brake Safety Awareness Month is the ideal time for drivers to stop and make sure their brakes are working properly before the new school year and colder temperatures arrive.

Motorists can put a stop to any potential brake problems by recognizing the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair. Typical warning signs include the car pulling to the left or right, noises when applying the brakes, an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing. Several factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, vehicle type, operating conditions and the quality of the brake lining material.

For routine maintenance, drivers should check their vehicle’s braking system at least once a year. A thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems.

Drivers should never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair, such as letting the brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to a more costly repair bill.


Rich White
Executive Director
Car Care Council



“Trumpy Bear” Stuff Animal Has Potential

Not a lot has been said about the potential of the Trumpy Bear stuffed animal toy that’s been on the market for about a year now. After reading several Internet reviews, I got to thinking… how could Trumpy Bear make himself useful? Before tossing him over our shoulder and hoping he’ll land in the nearest Goodwill donation box, I thought we should first evaluate his potential as a presidential candidate.

Supposed the Real Thing were to be replaced with Trumpy Bear? Would we have Putin courting him for continued collusion? Probably not. Would Trumpy Bear go out and collect expensive prostitutes in front of his family and all America? Probably not. Could Trumpy Bear drop a new lie each time his jaw accidentally fell open? Probably not. Is Trumpy Bear smart enough to learn how to become a white supremacy bigot? Probably not. Can Trumpy Bear refer to Americans as ‘mother——s’? Probably not. Does Trumpy Bear have room in his life for millions of assault rifles?

Probably not. Could Trumpy Bear recognize a —-hole, where people from Africa and the Middle East live? Probably not. Is Trumpy Bear obsessed with the nutritional and health benefits of eating McDonald’s? Probably not. Could Trumpy Bear do better than his namesake on a 4th-grade spelling test? Probably.

We just need to be more analytical, and discover all the embarrassing mistakes Trumpy Bear couldn’t possibly make, were he to become President. It would be a win-win situation: the well-meaning folks who elected Donald would still have a Trump for president, and his detractors would be free of all the toxicity Donald brought to the office.

Jason Houston

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