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Friday, August 2, 2019
KATHRYN B. BROWN
WYATT HAUPT JR.
Founded October 16, 1875
It’s time to make the trade deal with China
ational press reports last
week indicated that new
trade talks between the
United States and China were to
take place this week in Shanghai.
According to Politico, U.S. Trade
Representative Robert Lighthizer
was to meet with Chinese Vice Pre-
mier Liu He and Commerce Minis-
ter Zhong Shan. At particular issue
is getting China to buy more U.S.
agricultural goods, a promise Chi-
nese President Xi Jinping made
to President Trump in a bid to get
trade talks between the countries
At this writing, those talks are
still ongoing and no announcement
has been made indicating their sta-
tus. Regardless, we see resumption
of negotiations as a positive thing.
Trump targeted that country’s
alleged manipulation of its currency
and its violation of intellectual prop-
erty protections. The administra-
tion hiked tariffs on Chinese goods
to force a change in those policies.
China responded with tit-for-tat
AP Photo/Ben Margot
The container ship Kota Ekspres is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif.
hikes on U.S. goods.
The U.S. has legitimate issues
with China that need to be
addressed. But at the same time it
has to be acknowledged that China
has been a good customer of U.S.
agricultural goods. In 2017 it bought
$23.8 billion in U.S. farm products
— 17% of U.S. ag exports.
Farmers and ranchers have taken
a big hit. Midwestern soybean farm-
ers and pork producers felt the pain
early, but the impacts have become
far more widespread. In the North-
west, Chinese retaliatory tariffs
impact the sale of apples, cherries,
nuts, wine, potatoes, hay and dairy
products — all crops that are heav-
ily dependent on the export market.
Beyond the loss of the immediate
sale, producers are watching com-
petitors claim market share. With
a new crop coming on, producers
across the region are worried that
even if the current trade hostilities
end quickly their buyers will have
found new suppliers.
Since the early days of the cam-
paign the president has prom-
ised new and better trade deals for
American products. That has yet to
be the case. We suspect that nego-
tiating with sovereign powers has
proven more difficult than was orig-
inally thought. At the same time,
the stakes are higher and more far
reaching than any deal to build a
golf course, high rise or casino.
We don’t doubt that the president
is a first rate multi-tasker, but we’d
like him to concentrate less on the
perceived disloyalty of certain mem-
bers of Congress or the rodent popu-
lation of Baltimore and more on get-
ting a deal for U.S. farmers.
Hermiston patriotism draws
attention from investors
By way of introduction, I purchased Uni-
versal Realty in October of 2018, which we
now operate the John L. Scott real estate fran-
chise in the same location. A few weeks ago I
was touring an out-of-state investor who was
looking for land to help address the lack of
affordable housing in the area.
As we were touring the sites, the inves-
tor said, “Look at that.” He was looking at
an American flag in the yard of a resident.
As we drove through the city of Hermiston,
he would say, “And there is another one, and
another one, and another one.” Finally, he
stated, “You just do not see that kind of patri-
otism in California.” I was so proud to hear
that statement, I wanted to share it with you.
This is one of many reasons we live in
rural America and do business in Hermiston.
A proud patriotic community that shares our
same values is why we specifically choose the
Hermiston community and do business here.
Therefore, I wanted to share that your patrio-
tism is recognized by others as they visit. It is
an act all of Hermiston can be proud.
This is one of many demonstrations by
the community that we at John L. Scott Real
Estate are so proud to be a part of your/our
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
The White House
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Washington, DC 20500
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Salem, OR 97301-4047
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Washington, DC 20510
La Grande office: 541-962-7691
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Washington, DC 20510
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La Grande office: 541-624-2400
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Greg Barreto, District 58
900 Court St. NE, H-38
Salem, OR 97301
Greg Smith, District 57
900 Court St. NE, H-482
Salem, OR 97301
Bill Hansell, District 29
900 Court St. NE, S-423
Salem, OR 97301
Revenge veto would
leave a bad taste
evenge,” Oregon Gov. Kate
Brown told a Politico reporter,
“is a dish best served cold and
The governor apparently plans to be true
to that idea by vetoing bills or spending —
or both — favored by Republicans in the
state Legislature. What’s slated for defeat is
being kept under wraps, perhaps to heighten
the suspense or forestall pressure about her
choices. She’s blaming the GOP’s departure
from the Senate in the last days of the 2019
session for the defeat of cap-and-trade legis-
lation she favored.
Most simply, it’s wrong because, walkout
or no, Democrats themselves could not pro-
vide the votes to approve the cap-and-trade
bill in the Senate. Three of them made it
clear they’d vote against the legislation, and
without at least one of those votes the bill
Worse, though, is the way the governor is
handling her veto.
There should be a legitimate public policy
reason to veto a bill or a project. Revenge is
a powerful, emotional motivation. As a justi-
fication for public policy, it’s abhorrent. That
would be a woeful exhibition of leadership.
Brown may not only be seeking revenge
on those who dared cross her, but she has
also refused to identify what she plans to
veto. Her spokespeople told The Oregonian‘s
Hillary Borrud Tuesday that Borrud could
file a public records request if she wanted
further information. This from the governor
who pledged to create a new era of transpar-
ency for state government?
Brown could be a champion of good and
open governance. Revenge and withhold-
ing information are a leap toward a misera-
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