TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding "Ford downgraded by Moody's to one level above junk status," autonews.com, Aug. 29: Ford was (and is) the darling of the auto manufacturers, having earned it by not leaning on the U.S. taxpayer. Alan Mulally had the moxie and mojo to get things done. He translated his Boeing skills to the auto sector rapidly and effectively. The Ford family had confidence and let him take the lead. (They had no choice.)
Mark Fields, although trained by Mulally, lacked Mulally's communication and organizational skills. I question if Jim Hackett has what it takes to drive Ford Motor Co. If I were a Ford dealer today, I would be a bit uncomfortable.
BRUCE PELLETIER, Thrifty Car Mart, Lewiston, Maine, The writer is an independent used-vehicle retailer who previously owned Ford, Nissan and Toyota dealerships.