TM) and Honda ( HMC) produce more technologically advanced and appealing lineups. In fact, many people think the company is bound for bankruptcy in the near future. But the company's woes are hurting real people, too. Jack Dickinson, a retiree with 34 years of sales and marketing experience, presides over a GM retiree group, Over The Hill Car People, which has been overwhelmed with calls and emails from concerned retirees. He says that retirees were very angry about the announcement, and noted that "we have some really sick folks undergoing chemo at the moment," among others for whom this could be fairly traumatic. Dickinson says, "They could have and should have included retirees in the discussion. Calls to GM are not being answered, just receiving a recorded message -- no further information." Letters received by GM retirees last weekend from Kathy Barclay, vice president of global human resources, state that GM will be holding meetings all over the country with retirees from September to December to answer questions. She emphasizes that "General Motors is absolutely committed to assisting the impacted retirees, surviving spouses and dependents."