I read on the Tire Business Web site that truck drivers nationwide were considering going on strike, and I agree with them.
If it wasn't for them, the people in this country would have nothing to eat or to drive, nor would they have gas or fuel for their vehicles.
The truckers around Kankakee, Ill., who are owner-operators can't even put a fuel charge on their deliveries. In order to get it, they add it to the hauling price. But everyone wants everything for free, or for little-to-nothing. We should be ashamed of ourselves for the way we want everything but don't think we should pay for it.
How much does a CEO need to make a year? They can't even spend it all, while truck drivers are just getting by, if at all. We should put a CEO in a trucker's seat for a week and see if he or she can handle it. Then that executive would know what it is like to survive.
I also think it's great that Con-way Freight is rolling back the top speed on its trucking fleet to 62 from 65 miles per hour. They are trying to do what more companies should do.
Speed doesn't mean the load gets there any faster. As long as the drivers are all aboard with this, they will take it home, too.
Meier Brothers Tire
We enjoyed the coverage of Fairmount Tire & Rubber Inc.'s 50th anniversary in the March 17 issue of Tire Business.
Fairmount is one of our suppliers. These are great guys doing wonderful things for people! They just happen to be doing them in the tire business. We loved the party, the article, and we love Brad and Jerry Saunders.
Extreme Tire Distributors Inc.
While U.S. manufacturers are shipping production of tires to China, we should applaud Michelin North America Inc. for its commitment to the company's U.S. employees and manufacturing base.
I hope this allegiance pays off for them in handsome profits.
John D. Flick
Qyst Tire & Automotive Service Centers Inc.
Upper Darby, Pa.
What's he know?
When was the last time NASCAR driver Tony Stewart built a tire?
I'd say never. But he sure does seem to know plenty about it.
In NASCAR, all I hear is how pit chiefs are trying to figure out set ups on the new Car of Tomorrow. Has Mr. Stewart considered that the change affects tire construction, too? No, that means thinking.
The bottom line: There was no tire failure at the Sprint Cup Series race March 9 in Atlanta.
Maybe Tony should check the history of Firestone and its construction woes before he runs his mouth about quality.
As usual, nothing on the track is the fault of Tony Stewart.
Gallagher Tire & Auto Service