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Published on August 14, 2006

Mail Call, Aug. 14

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Anyone got an aspirin?


Although I realize changes are a necessary part of any business, I feel they have become a burden to tire dealers.


From the constantly changing tire sizes to the tire pressure monitoring systems—not to mention the increasing costs—being a tire dealer in today's times is beginning to give me a major headache!


Betty Jellinek


Owner


Bismarck Tire


Bismarck, Mo.


Didja check the tire?


I read Edward Noga's Op-Ed piece in the July 17 issue (“Aging's fine for wine—but not for tires”) about the problem he had with his boat trailer tires.


Mr. Noga needs to remember that if no one checks the tire, no one will know its age or its condition! When did he last service his lights, wheel bearings, flags, flares and other things?


John Stickley


Store supervisor


Whitehall Tires for Less


Pittsburgh


Eat-worthy clean


I read Dan Marinucci's column in the July 3 issue (“Cleaner bays not as hard as it sounds”) and, boy, did this one hit home.


We've been in our family business that my father founded since 1968 and have kept our bays so clean that customers comment on them all the time. We like to think you could eat off the floors at any given time. We have found that the majority of the employees all come in with comments like, “Oh, I love my bay area clean, and that's how I keep my tools and/or floor…no problem!”


Just like a new broom (my favorite saying), they start out nice and clean, then they turn into slobs. I've heard every excuse in the book about why they won't clean up after themselves.


I've even heard, “Clean floors don't make any money!” Well, our floors are still eat-worthy clean and the slobs are gone!


Just thought you'd like a little agreeable chuckle and applause for the column. Thanks for the good read.


Linda Rovisa


Co-owner


Churchville Tire & Supply Co.


Churchville, N.Y.

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