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StarTrib letter to the editor: the Big Three and the means of production

Link. I am ingratiated that the editors held off until the Sunday paper to publish it. While not the "letter of the day," mine was the first shorter letter after that.

THE DISTRESSED ECONOMY

Automakers should make cars that we want

According to the Nov. 25 Star Tribune article "Electric Cars: Plug 'n' Go," consumers are creating electric cars on their own, without the aid of Detroit automakers. In other words, the Big Three have failed to address consumer demand so much that consumers have taken production into their own hands.

That's not a failure of capitalism -- it's the Big Three's failure in capitalism. Are these really the people who are begging for a bailout from the U.S. taxpayer?

ADAM SCHENCK, RICHFIELD
Pertaining to writing, the letter fulfills a few structural elements that editors look for:

*Addresses large contemporary issue with specificity
*Very short (79 words)
*Reference to a (likely under-read) staff writer's previous article (on locals)
*Light wry irony
*Use of em-dash to make ideas concise and contrasted
*Rhetorical question finishes with populist flourish
No profanes - sacred
 
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