GM’s strate­gic plan

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Car trends

Re­gard­ing “GM and oil in­dus­try” (Ed­i­to­rial, Thurs­day): It doesn’t take a rocket sci­en­tist to fig­ure out that small cars do not sell any­more. As a driver, I only see huge SUVs and trucks. Couldn’t those peo­ple at GM see what was com­ing? This lay­off an­nounce­ment could have been avoided, if they had started phas­ing in fa­cil­i­ties for build­ing large ve­hi­cles a long time ago.

They can talk about the econ­omy all day and night, but poor peo­ple are the ones who will suf­fer. Noel Fore­man, Hous­ton

Ob­li­gated to U.S.

Re­gard­ing “GM and oil in­dus­try” (Ed­i­to­rial, Thurs­day): I couldn’t dis­agree more. GM is clos­ing the plants be­cause that is where they make the janky lit­tle cars no one wants. I look for them to ex­pand into all-elec­tric ve­hi­cles which helps their mileage av­er­age, so they can build the ve­hi­cles that are pop­u­lar and make the most money: Trucks.

The oil in­dus­try will be around long af­ter many of us are gone.

Pres­i­dent Trump is right. Pres­i­dent Obama shov­eled a ton of money to Gen­eral Mo­tors, and the com­pany has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to per­form. Robert An­der­son, Spring

Free mar­kets

A few of the head­lines from Tues­day’s Chron­i­cle: “GM to close 5 plants, cut jobs,” “Bank­rupt­cies up for Mid­west farms” and “Black Fri­day sales of firearms down.” Three key con­stituen­cies of Pres­i­dent Trump’s base — man­u­fac­tur­ing, farm­ers and the gun in­dus­try. I bet they never thought that win­ning would look like this.

True to form the pres­i­dent threat­ened GM with an end of sub­si­dies. Does he re­al­ize that move would re­sult in ad­di­tional job losses? I thought Re­pub­li­cans were all for a free mar­ket.

If GM needs to cut costs to stay sol­vent for the long haul, why is the pres­i­dent try­ing to sab­o­tage that ef­fort? The tar­iff on im­ported steel is partly to blame for GM’s woes, mak­ing the cost of man­u­fac­tur­ing a car more ex­pen­sive. The pres­i­dent is good at cre­at­ing a prob­lem then dou­bling down on it. R. D. Hel­lyer, Hous­ton

Paul Sancya / As­so­ci­ated Press

Gen­eral Mo­tors has an­nounced the pos­si­ble clo­sure of the Detroit/Ham­tramck plant, which makes Volts.

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