Letters To the Editor


Trade agreements would be disasters

President Bush continues to insist that the entangling of Canada, Mexico and the United States in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a grand success, not withstanding the fact that NAFTA has [cost] close to a million American jobs.

Furthermore, a NAFTA tribunal claimed supremacy over our state and federal courts in a dispute involving a Canadian real estate company. The April 18, 2004, New York Times reported comments of Abner Mikva, a former member of Congress and former federal appeals court judge, "If Congress had known there was anything like this in NAFTA, they would never have voted for it."

Unfortunately, Congress has not grown any smarter since the passage of NAFTA. We are faced with two more destructive treaties, which will increase America's already mountainous trade deficit as well as destroy U.S. sovereignty.

Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett has not indicated whether he will support or oppose the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). If you value your country's freedom and Constitution, write Congressman Bartlett to vote no on these dangerous agreements, if and when they come up for a vote.

Ruth Shriver


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