To the Editor:
I am a rather small stockholder of General Motors, and I agree totally with Edward Lapham's selections for the GM board of directors ("GM's board needs new flavors," April 3).
Within its scope, GM has great product people; great U.S. and European engines, both gasoline and diesel; good new platforms; excellent European designs that can be marketed in the States; and good, low-cost, entry-level car production in Korea.
Like other U.S. carmakers, GM has had insufficient focus on developing cars when truck-related products were in vogue. Had GM designed and developed products desired by the customer, its financial situation would be different. Most of GM's current U.S. cars are uninteresting to car people.
By making products that are unattractive to consumers, GM is in a downward spiral that will take some work to get out of, but GM has the resources to do it.
By changing the board, we should expect that the status quo will end, and GM will start to fight for its living. Being American, it should do well.