To the Editor:
We noted with interest the June 5 editorial ("Wanted: A clear role") and cartoon. We agree wholeheartedly that supporting free trade is the original mission of the American International Automobile Dealers Association and that it remains AIADA's primary focus today.
We are active on trade issues. We accompanied the U.S. trade representative on a trip to Thailand to support the U.S.-Thailand Free Trade Agreement. We are working with the U.S.-Korea Business Coalition in support of the free trade negotiations between our countries. We work daily to inform members of Congress and their staffs of the importance of free trade to our members and their constituents.
Free trade, though, is not the only issue affecting our members. We will continue to work with the National Automobile Dealers Association and our manufacturers to help advance the interests of international-nameplate dealers. For example, we work diligently for estate-tax relief, a cause we have championed for years. Few policies affect the sustained viability of our family businesses more than that tax.
We listen carefully to the wishes of our members in building our agenda. We reach out to all our partners in this industry, and we are encouraged by recent responses. Six prominent dealers, including three former chairmen, have returned to our board, a tangible measure of our efforts.
Our association members will be the ultimate judges of AIADA's success and relevance. And by that standard, we are happy to be measured.