Kudos to Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB), on his Sept. 30 letter to the editor, headlined ``Brodsky: No conflict'' (responding to criticism of his participation in a non-TRIB-related investment group seeking to acquire Alliance Tire, a tire manufacturing company in Israel).
An advocate of the retreading business for many years and one of the most dynamic individuals in the industry, Harvey is widely respected as a straight shooter.
Dynamic leaders tend to be successful at many different business interests and hobbies (think Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt and Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle Corp.)
The key is the person running the show. In my opinion, Harvey's leadership at TRIB and Alliance Tire will benefit the industry.
Executive vice president
Tire Industry Association
Match tires to performance
When it comes to updating the government's 34-year-old, current safety standards for passenger vehicles why do we attempt to paint all passenger tires with the same brush?
Since the implementation of current standard No. 109 in 1968, tires have had an exemplary safety-performance record. In fact, tire safety is unbelievable considering the neglect and abuse tires must face.
We have a speed-performance rating system in place that addresses the issue of matching tire performance to that of the vehicle. So why not require the use of an appropriate speed-rated tire-such as T- or H-rated-on vehicles having a high center of gravity and lower levels of handling control. Consumers and dealers also should be required to replace tires with those of an equivalent or higher speed rating.
Under the government's current proposed requirements, we face the possibility of unintended consequences such as the elimination of snow tires that save lives and absolutely are necessary in some areas of the country.
Police background checks
Regarding Dan Marinucci's column, ``Background checks prevent blunders,'' in the Sept. 30 issue, I would like to point out a significant area of concern.
Mr. Marinucci suggests that dealers ``give the worker's name, address and social security number to their local police department and ask them to run a background check.''
First, I doubt that any police department (except for perhaps those in the smallest jurisdictions) would have the time or inclination to run a check on every current or potential employee.
Second, criminal histories are classified as restricted information by the U.S. Department of Justice. As such, they may not be disseminated for non-law-enforcement purposes. This means that even if a police department were to run a background check for you, they could not give you any information that results.
The idea sounds good on paper but does not work in real life.
Commercial operations manager
Ted Wiens Tire & Auto Centers
Scrap tire shingles
Concerning the Sept. 30 article, ``Greenman to make roof shingles'' by Vera Fedchenko: What a good usage for scrap tires.
After 55 years in the tire business, I might as well sleep under a rubber roof.
Please advise how to get in touch with the company.
Clyde A. Hall
Hall's Tire Service
South Boston, Va.
Editor's note: Contact Greenman Technologies Inc., 7 Kimball Lane, Bldg. A., Lynnfield, Mass. 01940. Telephone: (781) 224-2411. Fax: (781) 224-0114.
GM brake tools
Regarding the article headlined, ``GM calls brake tool essential,'' where can we get more information about the Brake Align Runout Correction Plates mentioned as a means of eliminating pedal pulsation and related problems?
I telephoned our local Chevy dealership and was told they don't know anything about this new product.
Editor's note: Contact Brake Align Inc. Phone: (800) 551-2228. Internet: www.brakealign.com.
We dropped Michelin Americas Small Tires (too many points of sale) and signed on with old ``Gum Dip'' (Bridgestone/Firestone), doubling our sales of light truck tires during the first six months.
We have sold more Bridgestone Turanzas over the last 60 days than Michelin X-1s in the past four years.
It's fun to make a profit again and no longer have to compete with the bait-and-switch tactics of the big box stores.
Big 8 Tyre Center