05-23-2019 Letters and Commentary

Correction In the May 16, 2019 issue of Tri-City Record, an error was made on the front page in the cutline under the photo of Best Mom Maxine Mock. It should have read that daughter Valeri is on the left in the photo and daughter Cheryl on the right. Tri-City Record is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

County museum happenings

Dear Readers, Welcome to our 2019 season at the Van Buren County Historical Museum, 58471 Red Arrow, Hartford (in front of Fair Grounds). First up is our wonderful Soup Supper on May 24 from 4:30-7 p.m., with all homemade soups, salads, desserts. All for a free will donation. You will also get to be one of the first to see our new exhibits, our display elves have been very busy. Come and bring a friend or neighbor, renew friendships and just plain have fun. Not a member of the Historical Society, you can sign up on the 24th. Come one come all. Roylinda Rumbaugh, Board Member

Watervliet Post Prom thank you

Dear Editor, I would like to thank the following for donating to the Watervliet High School post prom event which was held May 12 at Strikes and Spares: Advantage Installation, Arclight, Arnt’s Asphalt, Ken & Bonnie Bannen, Berrien Parks, Best Way, Mr. & Mrs. Brigham, Celebration Cinema, Coloma FOP, Coloma Harding’s, Coloma Motor Sports, Cool Tan, DiMaggios, Don Young Insurance, Duffield and Pastrick Funeral Home, Easy Street, Escape Day Spa, Frosty Boy, Great Lakes Truck and Auto Repair, Honor Credit Union, Knights of Columbus Watervliet, Lane Automotive, Watervliet Lions Club, Millie Wendzel, Orchard Hill Landfill, Paw Paw Lake Rotary, Pepsi, Sidetrack, Silver Beach Pizza, TJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, WalMart, Watervliet Township, Wesco, Whirlpool – Melissa Hanks, Wightman’s, Wilbur Ellis, John Withrow Excavating, H&R Block, Tri-City Record, Soulards, and Side Door Salon. A special “thank you” to our drivers and chaperones, Don Higginbottom, Deanna Eisen, Rhonda Mannino, Tina Tucker, Wendy Stainbrook, Susie Burkhardt, Nikki Priebe and Tara Matthews! Thank you all for helping our kids have a fun and safe time! Karla Liles, Post Prom Chairman

HOPE Resources raising funds to relocate

HOPE Resources in Coloma will be sponsoring a raffle June through August to assist with raising money for their building fund. HOPE Resources is a non-profit resource for those in need. They have been active at the Coloma Methodist Church for several years, working out of 300 square feet and two closets providing a food pantry for their clients. They serve 150 families or over 300 people in this area. Currently they are raising money to expand their services beyond the food pantry. The services they are looking to add are a clothing closet, classes such as budgeting and sewing, and providing space for other agencies with no local site to offer their services. All of which would benefit residents of Watervliet, Coloma, Hagar and Riverside areas. They have obtained two grants, one from the Heart of Cook and one from Berrien Community Foundation, that have helped with much needed baby items and adult personal hygiene products in the last 18 months. HOPE Resources would like to find a building to buy or rent, or land to build on that is within the Coloma Watervliet area preferable on or near Red Arrow Highway to accommodate the space and parking that they will need to provide their services. They currently are at one fourth of their goal for the building fund. Anyone with space that would be a good fit for this non-profit service, please give a call to 269-208-2415, Chair Pam Quinn, or Executive Manager Carole Sternaman at 269-468-6062 on Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m.

Mueller report does not exonerate Trump or his campaign

Editor, The Mueller report contains a great deal of important information about the Russian attacks on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s reactions to those attacks, and Donald Trump’s many efforts to obstruct justice. The report begins by stating that: “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion” and that the purpose of the Russian interference was to help elect Donald Trump. The Trump campaign was quite open to receiving help from the Russian government. Instead of notifying the FBI that a hostile foreign government was illegally interfering in our election, Trump and his campaign welcomed their help. Mueller also reported that multiple high level Trump campaign officials lied to the FBI and to Congress about their Russian contacts. These individuals included Trump’s first National Security Advisor, his Campaign Chairman, and his personal lawyer. Also, Donald Trump Jr., assisted by his father, lied to the public about the nature of a meeting he set up with a Russian lawyer who promised help for the Trump campaign from the Russian government. The second part of the Mueller report documents the many ways that Donald Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation into the Russian attacks. The report states that: “…if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.” Trump’s claim that the Mueller report “completely exonerates” him is clearly a lie. The report contains much evidence of criminal behavior and urges that this evidence be further investigated by the Congress. The Democrats in Congress, along with a few Republicans, are making every effort to do just that. Donald Trump is making every effort to obstruct their investigations. Larry Feldman, Lakeside

Trump’s tariff wars endanger our economy

Editor, Donald Trump repeatedly claims that the escalating tariffs he is imposing on China will be “mostly” paid for by China. As is so often the case, Trump’s claim is a lie. Tariffs are taxes that businesses and individuals pay on goods imported from another country. The country that is exporting the goods, like China, does not pay the tariff. Many studies have documented the fact that Trump’s tariffs are being paid for by U.S. businesses and consumers. A recent study by the New York Federal Reserve Bank found that in 2018 “U.S. tariffs were almost completely passed through into U.S. domestic prices…” The study also found that “U.S. producers responded to reduced import competition by raising their prices.” During 2018, Trump’s tariffs cost U.S. consumers “at least $6.9 billion.” Farmers have been particularly hard hit by Trump’s trade war. In Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin bankruptcies have risen to the highest level in a decade. Trump has not only imposed new tariffs on China, he has also imposed them on Canada and the European Union. These tariffs have strained our relationships with our closest allies. Many of those countries are now moving away from the U.S. and forming trade deals with other nations. Historically, trade wars have done great harm. They depress economic growth, increase inflation, and cost jobs. In 1930, the trade war triggered by the Smoot-Hawley act turned a recession into a depression. The U.S. Constitution says that Congress has complete authority to set tariffs and regulate commerce with foreign nations. Unfortunately, over the years Congress has relinquished more and more of this authority to the Executive branch. As the current trade crisis makes clear, when an impulsive, self-centered demagogue becomes president, trade authority can do great damage. Trump is a dangerous charlatan. Congress and the American people need to rein him in and then show him the door. Tim Walls, Saint Joseph