No place for 'schoolyard basketball'

To the Editor:

When I read “GM will sue dual-showroom dealers” (July 30), I was amazed and amused, but not par-ticularly surprised, by Bill Lovejoy’s proud declaration that “I’m playing schoolyard basketball. If I can kick your butt, I’m going to.”

The quote refers to suing dealers who refuse to move non-GM brands out of their showrooms.

That is a demonstration of the arrogance that has led GM to substitute its corporate logo for the sound business judgment it showed for so many years.

The sad truth is that very few dealers can make an acceptable return on investment with GM stand-alone dealerships. That is precisely why they were forced to dual in the first place. That may be “schoolyard basketball” to Lovejoy, but to those dealers, it is their very lives and the future of their families.

Lovejoy criticizes the brands that pay salesmen cash while, to quote the reporter, he defends GM’s identical practice as “an effort to help Oldsmobile dealers retain staff.” I find that hypocrisy indefensible.

That is typical of the GM doublespeak that has led the dealer body to have serious doubts as to the veracity of anything they hear from Detroit.

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