We’re as mad as …Free Access

  No, I’m not channeling Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale – the disillusioned anchor from the 1976 movie, Network. But I could if a certain trade sanction happens.

     Newspapers across the country are faced with the possibility of tariffs on newsprint.

     This will not just affect newspapers, but ALL companies who rely on the Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper (UGW). This will affect directories, book publishing, circulars and more. 

     The U.S. Department of Commerce is considering these trade sanctions because the majority of our newsprint (about 75 percent) comes from Canada.

     According to Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publisher (STOPP) a coalition of associations and companies, the tariff proposal has come to life due to a single paper supplier North Pacific Paper Corporation (NORPAC). This one company, owned by a New York hedge fund, employs 300 people. It is located in the Pacific Northwest. There are only a handful of paper mills operating in the U.S.

     These tariffs will negatively affect thousands of businesses and workers in the printing field.

     Paying more for a product will only lead to cutting back – printing, employees – well, you get the idea. The public has a right to receive their news in an affordable format. These tariffs will force many newspapers to shutter their doors because they will not have a cost effective way to print their product. Communities will suffer without their local newspaper. How will they be able to keep up with their local government, school and church news?

     The way I see it, these tariffs will negatively impact small newspapers and how we all get our news.

     Please contact our representative, Congressman Henry Cuellar, and ask him to oppose this tariff.

Washington Office: 

Congressman Henry Cuellar, 28th Congressional District, 2209 Rayburn House Office Building,

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-1640

Fax: 202-225-1641

     If you do not live in the 28th Congressional District, please contact your member of Congress.

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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