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Trump's trade tariffs will weaken America

The Trump administration announced that steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico posed a national security risk to the U.S. Having assessed trade with our closest allies to be a grave threat to America, Trump imposed a 25 percent tax on steel and a 10 percent tax on aluminum imported from them.

Those tariffs are more than bad trade policy. They are a front on Trump's war against the liberal international order and its values.

Trump repeatedly violates the rules and taboos of the liberal international system because he is indifferent to the principles they advance. His lens of winners versus losers and haters sees absolute gain as relative decline.

If clean air, free trade, freedom of choice and human rights benefit the world as a whole, how is America winning?

Guiding Trump's actions is his "American First" policy, an isolationist stance that tilts in the favor of authoritarians. Instead of working to make the world a better, safer place, he is trying to escape the realities of the world by separating America from it.

Placing America at odds with the goals, visions, and values of our allies only makes America weaker.

Joseph Bodnar, Ringgold, Ga.

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America no longer land of the free

The swamp has not been drained, but the pond scum has floated to the top of the American government. Just when you think that Trump and his quislings can't go any lower, they do.

They have bilked American taxpayers to pay for their lavish lifestyles, travel in private jets, European vacations, and office make-overs that run more than $90,000. They have used their public office to enrich themselves, and have conspired with our enemies to sell out our national security. They have lied constantly, and spread propaganda and misinformation routinely.

We have known for a long time that this group is unethical and morally deficient. But the depths of their depravity were not fully revealed until they began to kidnap immigrant children, stealing them away from their parents and placing them with "sponsors." ICE has taken more than 7,000 children away, some as young as 2 years old.

Moreover, the Trump administration has "lost" 1,475 of those children. When you stack this outrage on top of slavery, Jim Crow, the Native American genocide, and the Japanese-American internment, America is rapidly becoming the land of the brutal and home of the cruel.

Terry Stulce, Ooltewah

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Preserve Riverwalk chance on north side

Kudos to the Planning Commission! At a recent rezoning hearing, members defended a long-term community goal for limited Riverwalk connections on the north shore of the Tennessee River.

The massive proposed Riverton development would seem to create a new and improved Lupton City on the old Dixie Yarns golf course along the river. That may be a good thing but not if it blocks future development of public Riverwalk connections between Rivermont Park and the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway.

There is still a risk of blockage: Our Chattanooga City Council will vote on June 12 to either preserve the dream by upholding requirement of a public easement, or to grant the developers' rezoning request without giving an easement. Once private homes are built on the river bank, the community would never get public access for the Riverwalk.

Cameron Harbor development on the south shore shows how the Riverwalk and expensive riverfront homes can coexist with proper planning.

As we prepare to celebrate the Riverwalk completion on the south side, we simply cannot allow the dream to die on the north side.

W. Allen Miller, Hixson

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'Such a time as this' could have fit many

I'm certainly not a Bible scholar, but I was curious about the verse in Esther that the Times editorial (May 27) attributed to Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee in Georgia. I assume (which is dangerous in itself) that she was referring to Esther 4:14.

The four different translations that we have in our house refer to Esther as attaining royalty, coming to her royal position, coming to the kingdom and elevation to the dignity of the queen, but nothing about being born for a time like this.

The election is not about keeping the good old boys network in power, certainly not her race or gender, it's about defeating those who have similar views as Ms. Abrams.

I wonder how many other young girls she thought might have been born for such a time as this if it weren't for abortion.

Rod Turner, Rossville, Ga.

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Bridge light plan is complete 'lunacy'

This plan to spend $4 million for a Walnut Street Bridge light system that would "respond to people walking on the bridge and the flow of the Tennessee River beneath it" is surely a joke.

Who dreams up such cockamamy ideas? And which officials embrace such lunacy?

Two phrases immediately come to mind: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "putting foxtails on a Cadillac."

This iconic bridge needs nothing added. It is a classic superstructure as it stands. Its popularity has been enormous for many years, with tourists and locals alike.

And we know that it won't be long before the proposed light system will go haywire and have to constantly be fixed at further taxpayer expense — until the day it's abandoned or removed because it no longer is worth the cost of fixing it.

If the bridge needs repairs for safety purposes, do it. But, otherwise, leave it alone.

There are endless better uses for that $4 million. Begin with SROs for the schools. Follow that up with paving for the worst of our streets.

David Cooper

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Support Reach Act, end young deaths

As a student, I'm grateful for the educational opportunities I've been given, especially since many kids around the world won't have the same chances to learn — or even reach their fifth birthday.

Our nation has provided great leadership in the fight to end preventable deaths of mothers and children from causes such as pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea.

We've come very far in the past few decades, but there is more to do. More than 15,000 children die every day from preventable causes, and 800 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. These women and children deserve to live, go to school and have a bright future.

That's why I'm glad the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (Reach Act), legislation supported by Republicans and Democrats, would help expand proven solutions to end these deaths within a generation.

And because the U.S. cannot do it alone, the bill would introduce financing mechanisms to bring in new investors and improve the use of existing taxpayer dollars.

This legislation gives our country the chance to continue its leadership and keep its promise to help end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths.

I hope Rep. Fleischmann will support it.

Caroline Rabiner

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