To the Editor:
I have been a General Motors dealer for 47 years. Contrary to what a lot of people are saying, GM is a great company. I say that because I believe it.
Some things about our domestic auto companies puzzle me greatly. In 1960, I toured the General Motors Institute, where they were designing engines that would get 40 to 50 mpg for GM cars of the future.
How could we put astronauts on the moon but not be able to make fuel-efficient automobiles? Why are we still designing vehicles that will go 130 mph? We need fuel-efficient, economical engines now.
Why do we remain dependent on Arab oil for gasoline while the American farmer struggles to keep his business going and has fields full of crops that will make ethanol and with the right engineering provide the different source of energy we need now?
No other nation allows foreign companies to come in and dictate the rules of manufacture. Why must American companies pay an additional 20 percent in benefits to workers while foreign companies do not?
It makes little sense to pay American corporate leaders and the boards of directors extravagant salaries to run companies. We must rid ourselves of perks and egos and put that money into product.
It was said once that as GM goes, so goes America. It's time we realize that the United States is part of a growing world economy and that the price of labor dictates where the products will be built.
We must change if we expect to have a country that our children will be proud of.
Jack Wolf Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC Inc.