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Tariff suspension good news

Late last month, President Trump threatened to impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported to the U.S. from its biggest trading partner, Mexico, beginning June 10 and increase those tariffs by 5% each month to a permanent level of 25% in October unless Mexico satisfied him it is getting tougher on illegal immigration.

For all of the reasons detailed below, we hope this is something the Trump administration won't revisit in the future.

* American consumers would feel the pain.

* The overall U.S. economy would suffer.

* Already feeling the negative impact of the Trump administration's trade war with China, farm states like Iowa would get hurt even more.

* Tariffs would have cast a cloud of uncertainty over the revised NAFTA trade deal, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

* By hurting the economy of Mexico through tariffs, the Trump administration would run the risk of making the illegal immigration problem worse.

Without question, suspension of tariffs on Mexico is good news.

- Sioux City (Iowa) Journal


D-Day heroism still endures

World War II was global, but storytellers always reserved a special reverence for D-Day. It was the pivot, the end of the beginning, and not just for WWII. On June 6, 1944, the United States led the largest seaborne invasion in military history against the Normandy seawall, committing itself to a bloody final drive.

"They fight not for the lust of conquest," said President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate."

Seventy-five years later, the efforts of the United States have mostly held a lid on the global pot forever threatening to boil over. Here, the people still rule. Soldiers still die for a cause larger than themselves. And our debt to those who served and sacrificed has only grown.

They were our uncles and fathers, sons and daughters. Their nation called upon them and they went, many knowing they would never return. As the bullets flew, few wanted to be there. We should be glad they stayed.

We need to keep telling their stories. We owe them that. If you know one, thank them. If they're gone, retell their story.

- Rapid City (S.D.) Journal


Flood plan must protect all

In this extraordinary season of flooding, we have been tested. Our biggest tests are yet to come.

It is not lost on us that we still are in the midst of a flood fight, and the emergency and cleanup phases have not yet passed. Still, we look to our future knowing that Flood 2019 is like no other.

There is a temptation to believe this is just the latest chapter in our continued, contentious relationship with the river. But this is different.

And we don’t know, with the threat of ongoing climate change, whether the future could be even worse. So, as we’ve said previously, we can’t rely on the idea that deploying barriers, even at greater heights and depths, are what will protect us in the future.

We must think radically about what will protect us – all of us – in the aftermath of this flood. Because we can all agree that another Flood 2019, as we have experienced it this spring, is not something we can let happen again.

- Quad-City Times

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