The recent announcement of another round of tariffs on China and their response appears to be a further step in our full-fledged trade war. And this has provoked the predictable round of criticisms of the president’s policy.


What always seems to be lacking, though, is the offer of any credible alternative. By credible, I would not include the economic Armageddon of total cessation of trade between the two biggest economies in the world.


It is illuminating that China is fighting so hard against, among other things, giving up the practice of intellectual property theft in the furtherance of their goal of world economic domination. Of course, we could just roll over and let them take it, but President Trump has taken the courageous step of standing up to them, which other presidents have either failed or declined to do.


The point is that we are all in this together and our economy is stronger now than at any time in recent history. So the question we must answer is: “If not now, when?” If we present China with a more united front in this war, we will stand a much better chance of ending it sooner and on better terms.


— Ed Klopfenstein, Brea


Build the cemetery


Re “Paperwork for another ballot measure filed to change veterans cemetery location in Irvine” (News, Aug. 12):


I think it is shameful that Larry Agran and other politicians who avoided serving their country, militarily, can delay a veteran’s cemetery for so long.


I am an 88-year-old Korean War vet who does not want any family members who wish to visit my grave, have to travel over two hours each way. Please push the project forward and stop the nonsense and delaying tactics. Build the cemetery.


— Art Schlosser, Laguna Woods


Carnage will continue


Re “Looking for answers after mass shootings” (Editorial, Aug. 8):


With a racist and hater in the White House and the NRA in his pocket, nothing will be done. We need to ban the sales of assault rifles. Period. No citizen needs that kind of rifle, except to kill people.


We, as Americans, need to ban together to outlaw assault weapons. Until that day comes, the carnage will continue. Next time it will be in your hometown or mine. I don’t want to wait that long.


— Carrie Chotiner, Laguna Niguel




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