Regarding “White House defends new tariffs; China will hit back” (Apr/ 7): The idea of a “trade war” is misinformation at its worst. The US has been engaged in a trade war for decades. And we’ve been losing badly. Along comes President Trump, willing to defend America’s interests, and the globalist corporations and their media whip up unnecessary anxieties with both the consumers and businesses.
Naturally, countries like the Chinese are opposed to competing on a level playing field. Why should they readily give up a long-held advantage? Trump is right and deserves the support of the American people. We might have to give up a few temporary items but the fight is long overdue. By working a little harder to the point where fair trade actually exists, we can overcome anything.
If China stops buying soybeans, sell’em somewhere else. They stop shipping subsidized goods into the US, we just tighten our belts and do without. Such struggles will be temporary. Communist regimes have never been able to feed themselves without massive aid and advantages given to them. Let’s watch the comrades squirm.
‘Hope for best’
Regarding “Security tightened at NC Legislative Building” (Apr. 10): I am wondering why the legislative building and the people who work there, our congressional men and women and staff, get to have extra protection with metal detectors, X-rays and hired security screeners when the rest of us have to live with the policy that allows guns to be everywhere. I believe that my life and the lives of my family and friends and everyone else are just as important to protect as the lives of the people in the legislature.
And we, the taxpayers, get to pay for this extra protection. It does not seem fair to go the extra mile to protect them while the rest of us are thrown under the bus to possibly be shot by any hot head who may be boozing it up in a bar and gets mad. I know how it works, the “powers that be” can vote anything for themselves for their safety and protection but we the public have to just hope for the best.
Regarding the letter to the editor “Teacher pay ‘enough’” (Apr. 7): I was a public school Special Education teacher for 25 years and hold a M.Ed. plus 31 additional credits. My top salary was $67,000 in Wisconsin. My summers were spent taking courses to renew my license and further my knowledge, meeting with principals and other teachers to plan for the upcoming year, and visiting parents whose children would be new to my program.
I spent hundreds of dollars yearly on materials and books so that my students would have access to the best education that I could provide. I had children with emotional disabilities throw chairs at me, spit at me, and one who attempted to stab me. I also had children who cried in my lap because of their violent home situations. So, if you feel teachers have it easy, I suggest that you try it for one day. You may learn something.
Maria Melo Arndt
No to reciprocity
Concealed carry reciprocity is a quiet federal-level agreement to force all states and territories to recognize each other’s concealed-carry laws. The leadership of the National Rifle Association has been telling its members that this is a good thing.
Representative Richard Hudson from North Carolina introduced it into the House of Representatives based on an incident where a woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania drove to Atlantic City, New Jersey with a concealed weapon, was stopped for some reason, and arrested for carrying a hidden gun.
A North Carolina politician who apparently espouses states’ rights got upset about a woman heading into the gambling dens of Atlantic City from Philadelphia with a hidden weapon. He appeared angry because those two states, neither of which he represents, don’t recognize each others’ concealed gun laws.
Concealed carry reciprocity is the first step in the creation of a national police force that would displace and control local law enforcement. It would allow the federal government to leapfrog state and county governments and crush local control. Does anyone have anything else for Rep. Hudson to do?