This post today is very different. Today it is personal. This is the correspondence between me and a local television reporter over this past weekend. I think you’ll find it interesting. Corporate greed at the cost of human safety reigns supreme and IMHO our elected officials continually stuff their pockets with corporate money to look the other way…You decide!

Dear xxxxxxxx

As a 44 year resident of this state and the  area I have always felt as though all the local television reporters were old friends. You guys are in my home every day and always instill a calm and steadying influence on me and my family during the toughest times. I go way back with WPLG. Back to the Gxxx Rixxxxx, Axx Bxxxxx and Wxxx Cxxxxxx days. Back in 2001 a new test came out and I suppose out of curiosity Dxxxxx Lxxxxxxxxx tried it and reported on it. It was a Calcium Heart Score test and it was because of Dxxxxx that I decided to try it too. I found my experience at this facility, which was using a fledgling technology to be considerably less pleasant then Dxxxxx`s I wrote to him about it, and to my complete surprise I answered my phone about a week later and heard that deep resonating voice that I knew so well on the other end. He was kind enough to look into my story and backtrack a bit on the story that he reported. I was also lucky enough to do some work about 20 years ago to help raise money for Dxxxx Mxxxxx`s, Mxxxxxx force. I only mention these interactions to emphasize the point that I genuinely believe that Channel xx cares.

I just finished reading the article you penned with Lxxxx Axxxxxx regarding manditory closures in our area. I want to digress for a moment and tell you that my son is a manager at a local Auto Nation Dealership. I’m writing to you instead of him, because this email would cost him his job and Auto Nation Pays their managers well. The managers and sales personnel at all of these stores are being put in grave danger by our (local?) Government. During the last week I have been hoping that a publically traded Company like Auto Nation would do the right thing and lock their doors when the governor was asking businesses to close. That never happened. When I read that manditory closings would be instituted, I was confident that an auto dealership wouldn’t be considered an essential business. After reading your article I was completely blown away. How in Gods name can the moron who decreed that the sales centers that are adjacent to every dealership’s showroom are one and the same with the dealer? Of course I am aware that service and sales are owned by the same company and that ARGUABLY mechanics are an essential fixture during a global pandemic. Although I don’t believe they are, who is this person who believes that car sales must go on? Obviously it’s a ranking government official who drafted this edict. My next question to you is why? Why are car dealerships staying open and facilitating the spread of this virus? When you take your car for service you pay in the service department. Someone made a mistake or is getting paid off big time. My son has told me that there have been rumors spreading in management that there have been two cases of the virus reported at the Mercedes of Miami, AutoNation Store. I don’t know if this is true but if it isn’t, it will be soon. The concept of big business screwing it’s employees is certainly not new. We all know that. I can tell you that every person in every AutoNation showroom including all managers are commission people, consequently AutoNation pays nothing to keep these showrooms open. I was hoping as a follow up to your article, and that given AutoNation’s home office is right here in Ft. Lauderdale you might follow up with a phone call or two and find out what’s going on there before someone actually dies.Thats usually the way it works. Someone has to die to get something done. I greatly appreciate you reading this. If you decide to do a quick follow up please don’t mention my name. My son and I share the same last name. It would be easy for him just to quit but he can’t. He and my daughter in law make really good money and own a beautiful home. The American Dream? He’s really caught in a catch 22, and so are the men and woman who work with him. Please get back with me if you possibly can.

Sxxxx Mxxxxx

PS. FWIW, I can tell you exactly how the governor could shut down all Native American gaming in the state in ten minutes . …IF HE REALLY WANTED TO. I really know the answer. Just another greed driven situation. I have no problem with casinos. I am an avid Poker Player. I just have a problem with what these giant petri dishes are doing to our communities and the people who live here right now.   FOLLOW UP TO THIS ARTICAL( The Governor closed all casino’s yesterday. )

AND SHE REPLIED

Hi Sxxxx,Thanks for the heads up….As it happens, I met an auto salesman picking up his dry cleaning Thursday, who seems torn between showing up for work as a responsible employee – and staying home in response to the common good.  I put a clip of that interview in my report that night. We are getting a lot of emails from people seeing nonessential businesses still open.We’re on it- Thanks, Gxxxxx 

AND I REPLIED

Hi Gxxxxx, I thought I’d do a little research…..food for thought…..more then ever our governor needs to answer this question. Why?…. in one of the articles I read their reasoning for wanting to stay open. I read that a prolonged closing of their dealerships would put them out of business. For God’s sake everybody’s out of business right now. What raises these automobile companies to deity status? Does money always supersede life?… This is the world we live in today. By the way, I wanted to tell you that I was looking for that piece you did where you put in a (blurb) about that automobile salesperson, and I tripped over that horrible story about that person who pointed a gun at you. My God what a horrible experience.  I could never begin to imagine how frightened you must have felt. So very glad you’re OK. Keep yourself safe. As a former New Yorker, and it’s been a long time, I learned early on to always have eyes in the back of my head. I’ll not bother you with this anymore I’ll let you do your job. Just take care and be safe. Sxxxx Mxxxxx

AND SHE REPLIED 

Thanks, Sxxxx – I’ll try to find some answers for you …

To all who are reading this here is the question. When does life and good health begin to take precedence over money. You have a huge greedy Corporation and elected officials who obviously are knuckling-under to the Auto Dealer lobby. Crisis really brings out the best in people. Yeah right!

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