Response: How do we achieve ‘trade policy that works?’

The first page of the T-R “Matter of Opinion “ section on Sun. Aug. 5 featured an “Our View” opinion piece entitled “America needs trade policy that works.” After more than a singular reading, I remained aware that the contributors to the article either voluntarily or more probably, inadvertently revealed a political and personal bias (prejudice) against President Trump regarding trade policy by printing “Trump contends he wants to put America first,” instead of simply Trump states he wants to put America first; thereby impeaching the integrity of President Trump’s motives.

(And, out of respect for the office: members of Congress and Supreme Court justices are addressed as Senator ‘So and So’ or Representative ‘So and So’ or Justice ‘So and So.’ Why the reluctance or refusal to refer to the sitting president of the United States of America and leader of the free world as President Trump? Bias is not surprising in the forum section, but hopefully T-R correspondents will demonstrate their journalistic professionalism by not allowing bias to migrate to news reporting.

I also became aware that although the “Our View” title is “America needs trade policy that works,” other than readers being urged to contact Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and Representative Rod Blum to demand they “fight back against the trade war” because “we need trade policy that puts our businesses ahead in the long run,” the panel offers absolutely no enlightenment regarding how to achieve a “trade policy that works.”

The job of our legislators is to enact laws.

As we readers contact our legislators, what specific laws do you on the “Our View” panel suggest we ask them to support, in order to achieve a trade policy that works?

Editor’s note: Per newspaper style, elected officials are addressed with their title and full name on the first mention in a newspaper article (for example, President Donald Trump or Sen. Chuck Grassley) and referred to by their last name in further references. This has been a longstanding style used by the

T-R and in newspapers across the country.