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Published on March 8, 2018 4:52PM

Staff photo by E.J. HarrisKeysha Ashley, right, puts lettuce on a fry bread taco during a fundraiser to help with the medical bills of Zoe Bevis on Tuesday at Nixyaawii Community School in Mission.

Staff photo by E.J. HarrisKeysha Ashley, right, puts lettuce on a fry bread taco during a fundraiser to help with the medical bills of Zoe Bevis on Tuesday at Nixyaawii Community School in Mission.

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A kick in the pants to President Trump’s terrible decision to level tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The plan has caused anger the world over, from allied governments to the World Trade Organization, as well as most voices up and down the Republican Party. President Trump’s own economic adviser quit over the ill-formed policy.

The tariffs are bad news for consumers, and will increase costs on many goods and decrease economic opportunities. They are good news for a few corporations and some employees in an outmoded industry.

We give our last word on the matter to a great supporter of free trade:

“So called protectionism is almost always self-destructive, doing more harm than good even to those it’s supposed to be helping. Advocates of protectionism often ignore its huge hidden costs that far outweigh any temporary benefits.”

— Ronald Reagan

A tip of the hat to the many people who threw their hat in the ring for 2018 elections.

We’ve been hammering on the need for competitive political races for many years — especially in local elections — and it’s great to see so many people step up to the plate.

In Hermiston, four city council seats will be contested and in Pendleton currently three seats will be decided via a competitive race. There are also opponents for both Umatilla County commissioners up for election, and plenty of candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden. That’s not to mention the 17 Oregonians running for governor, and many more running for the state legislature.

These contested elections help us hone our arguments, spark ideas and give voters a real choice in who represents them. It’s how democracy is supposed to work, and how it must work in order to remain healthy.

Obviously, we are in a moment of political upheaval, where more people than usual feel called to participate in politics. That’s a great development, and Eastern Oregon government is sure to benefit from the new blood and new ideas brought forth.

A tip of the hat to community support that blossomed out of two local tragedies.

In newspapers this week, we noted the outpouring of grief and support in the CTUIR community for Alameda Addison, and in the Pilot Rock community for young Liam Flanagan. Both people were taken too soon in terrible accidents that left the people around them shaken and stunned.

But in the depths of despair, true friends and family came to offer their support and aid. That certainly took place this week, as charity events raised money to care for those lost and those left behind. We tip our hat to all who helped in a time of need.



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