I tried, Nader says
An article in your Oct. 18 issue quoted Ricardo Martinez, then administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as saying, 'I can't think of anything he (Nader) has done to help the agency' during Martinez' now-completed term in office.
It was not for lack of trying.
I made many recommendations to Martinez, which are included in a report by me dated September 1996, and I had a long meeting with him last summer.
All that was to no avail.
From his first day in office, Martinez was intent on deregulating his regulatory agency and forsaking his oath of office to enforce the safety laws of the federal government.
He turned NHTSA into a consulting firm for the industry, a performance he proudly touted in your interview with him in your Oct. 18 issue.
A strange toy
for a Ford exec
I don't know Don Winkler, the new chairman of Ford Motor Credit Co., but he sounds like a heck of a great guy. His ability to overcome learning disabilities and dyslexia should be commended, and I wish him all the best in his new position.
I have never met Larry Hamill, the photographer who took Winkler's picture for your Nov. 1 issue, but I bet he is a real prankster. Imagine having your picture taken as head of Ford Credit while holding a model of a Corvette!
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