- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Seeking best product, best price
The definition of "Made in America" is debatable. Cars.com determined the top American vehicles based on three criteria: sales numbers, domestic parts content and assembly location. Cars.com's data were mirrored by a USA Today study. The Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado ranked first and third, respectively. Surprisingly, the Dodge Ram was not eligible because nearly 30 percent of its parts are foreign. The Toyota Tundra, meanwhile, took fourth place, thanks to an 80 percent domestic parts content.
So a Toyota Tundra made in Texas or Indiana is, in theory, more American than the Dodge Ram built in Missouri. And a Honda Pilot built in Alabama with a 70 percent domestic parts is more American than a Ford Escape with 35 percent foreign parts.
Automakers buy competitively priced parts to meet their needs. They're free to shop around the world, not just in the Stars and Stripes section. Why shouldn't consumers do the same? We deserve a quality product at the best possible price.
The Big Three make some quality products, and instead of wasting their time and our tax dollars on 1970s era "Buy American" advertising, they should simply state, "We build a competitive product at a competitive price" -- and consistently do it. "We're very proud for the economic role we play in this country," said a GM spokesman. "However, we're a global car company that happens to be based in the United States." Well put. And we're educated consumers looking for the best product and the best price.
CHAD CRAFT, Jackson