Letter to the Editor

A letter I wrote to the editor of the Austin American Statesman appeared in the opinion section yesterday. It was in response to a woman who wrote that we should all thank SUV drivers since they carry kids and their various school/team/musical/scout equipment everywhere.

Here’s what I wrote…

Alternative to SUVs

Re: May 25 letter to the editor, “Thank drivers of SUVs”:

Although it is true that you can pack a lot into a sport-utility vehicle, the writer did not describe anything that could not easily fit into the back of a station wagon. A station wagon would also provide better fuel efficiency and be less of a hazard on our roadways.

True, a station wagon might not be the cure for that midlife crisis that your typical SUV seems to be, but I’ll happily thank each and every SUV driver who trades down to a wagon.

NATE SOUTHARD

Austin