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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:00 am

Every evening, I enjoy a glass of wine. I only buy California wine, and most of the time it's from Lodi-area grapes. I spent 20 years behind the bar at local establishments in Woodbridge and always promoted local wines.

The other day, I was told that some of the local farmers will not buy Chevrolets because they don't support the bailouts of GM ("Government Motors"). For that reason, they are going to buy Fords. Little do they know that Ford was the first to receive government help two years prior in 2006. In fact, there was only one automobile dealership in Northern California that did not participate in the Obama's "Cash for Clunkers" program.

I have all the respect in the world for the farming industry. Many of the local farmers are my friends. There have been times in the past, due to drought or other reasons, that farmers have received government subsidies. One time or another, just about every industry has needed help.

What is the difference between farm subsidies and auto subsidies? I am glad to see the American people receive the help instead of sending our money overseas.

We complain about the economy and blame everything on the politicians. We need to look in the mirror and start supporting our own: American products made by Americans in America by American companies.

Every automaker in the world has received government money from their own governments. I would rather support U.S. "Government Motors" rather than a foreign government's motors. I am proud to be representing the best-built vehicles in the world.

Ron Weiss

Woodbridge

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