Dear Tire Business: Thank you for the opportunity to congratulate independent tire dealers on their service and contribution to America during the past 100 years.
Much was said about the 100th anniversary of the automobile industry, but the readers of Tire Business know well that the essential work of an automobile is done where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Braking, accelerating and turning—all depend on the crucial four points of contact between tires and highway. Advances in tire design have achieved unprecedented control, safety and reliability for today's motorists.
For more than a century, independent tire dealers have helped keep Americans on the road to better jobs, improved communities, wider markets, and everything else that safe, efficient transportation makes possible.
As I have so often said and take this opportunity to state once again: Transportation is about more than concrete, asphalt and steel. It is the means by which we Americans can get to where we need to go—to jobs, to schools, to markets, to take advantage of all the opportunities our great nation offers. It is the tie that binds us together as a people.
Safety is President Clinton's highest transportation priority, and this Administration is grateful for the work of America's retail businesses like independent tire dealers in preserving and enhancing protection for Americans on the move.
As the calendar turns to a new millennium, I salute the independent tire dealers and convey my best wishes for a bright and prosperous future.