James Flanigan's March 2 column, "Truth Suffers as Candidates Fire at Business," was itself suffering from some blatant errors.
Flanigan jumped all over Richard Gephardt for saying something that many of us have felt for a long time--that companies should not try to make profits at the expense of their employees. Failure of management is the No. 1 reason for a business failure. Why is it that a nation's leaders and politicians are accountable for a team's success or failure, yet employees, or their unions, are the scapegoats for a business not being profitable?
The following statement appeared in the column: "The airline was bought by Texas Air, whose chairman, Frank Lorenzo, has understood and prospered in deregulation."
Lorenzo definitely understands deregulation. Airline deregulation has come to mean: (1) break the unions; (2) provide a mediocre product to the public; (3) give minimal training to employees and minimum maintenance to aircraft, and (4) Expect the government to turn its back on most labor problems, training and maintenance irregularities in this Reagan-era climate of laissez faire.