To the Editor:
Thanks to News Editor James B. Treece for speaking truth to power ("A failure to punish fails members," Aug. 4).
As a franchise and dealer attorney, I have been following the Tesla issue closely. I believe Treece hit the nail on the head: Tesla is gaining traction in many state legislatures with its direct-to-consumer sales model not just because of tacit support from other manufacturers but because many people -- especially in urban and suburban areas -- don't trust auto dealers.
Consumers have been researching and buying products online -- for good prices -- for more than a decade now.
I realize that many dealers are outstanding businessmen and women, with high ethics, in a cutthroat business. I'm proud to call some of them clients.
But some aren't so ethical, and it takes only a few bad apples to spoil the public's opinion of the whole bushel.
JOHN R. GOTASKIE JR.
Attorneys at Law