Letter to the editor: Preserve printed newspapers
Recent hearings on C-Span with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross exposed some truths. Previous administrations were willing to give power to an unconstitutional, unelected World Trade Organization, removing the constitutional decree that Congress regulate trade. U.S. senators engaged with Ross regarding the harm to hard-copy printing of newspapers due to tariffs placed on subsidized Canadian newsprint (uncoated groundwood, or UGW, paper), which is used to keep costs down for customers and accommodate employment and other company requirements.
U.S. paper-mill industries have been dismantled or reduced in capacity due to regulations and trade deals that too many in Congress agreed to. Congress’ involvement only required an up or down vote on trade deals, worked out at the international level without their input.
I urge you to contact U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and ask him to co-sponsor and push passage of the PRINT Act, S2835, co-sponsored, to his credit, by Sen. Pat Toomey. The act suspends tariffs on imported UGW paper until the Commerce Department completes an economic study of the newspaper and publishing industries. Once the study is complete, then the president would have to certify this tax on imported UGW paper is in the United States’ best interest.
Taxpayers and government-subsidized schools and entities get their online upgrades due to taxpayer dollars doled out to them. Preserving printed newspapers assures easily accessible information.