I disagree with Larry S. Merriam's Oct. 17 letter, "Blame Big 2's problems on Nasser, Roger Smith."
Jacques Nasser's forward thinking and vision brought Ford Motor Co. out of the stodgy "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. He is responsible for opening markets to Ford that were nonexistent for his company at the time, and for injecting excitement and innovation into Ford.
While it is true that changes in the world economy did not allow for the new Ford products to make a more positive impact on the overall profitability of the company, credit to Nasser is due and has never been given. I had the privilege of working with Nasser, and I find Merriam's opinion unfounded.
By the way, Ford seems to have gone back to its prior "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude, which could bring its demise. A shame.