To the Editor:
Regarding Edward Lapham's June 20 column, "Cool heads need to avoid the 'nuclear option' in Detroit": Let's be realistic. Today, the unions are quickly becoming a waning voice in industry. They started several years ago to show their "clout," allowing the mechanics' union to cause the downfall of Eastern Airlines. That opened a Pandora's box to destroy many U.S. industries.
I'm convinced that the years of automakers begging the unions not to strike gave way to honeymoon contracts that led to today's dilemma. It's a new age and a new world market for auto production.
We are facing a situation that could bring back the "good old days" of 1929-33. Let's all face the facts. If the UAW does not respond quickly to the conditions in our industry, I fear for the entire U.S. economy.
JACK H. LEOPOLD
The writer is a retired auto dealer.