Tuesday June 5, 2018
Bill backed by Sen. Pat Toomey won't solve newsprint tariff problem.
The Reading Eagle carefully presents issues of local and national concern in its news articles and editorials. But it misfired in its June 1 editorial, "Newsprint tariffs put industry, thousands of jobs at risk."
In presenting basic information, the editorial fails to state that the president's commerce secretary imposed these tariffs, which the editorial makes clear are both damaging to local newspapers and unnecessary.
This is troubling indeed, considering the president's repeated attacks on the press and his persistent presentation of misinformation.
The editorial commends U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey for support of Sen. Susan Collins' PRINT Act and criticizes Sen. Bob Casey Jr. for not supporting it. But that legislation, after a hurried three-month study of the economic well-being, health and vitality of the local newspaper publishing industry by the same Commerce Department that imposed the tariffs, would then send it to the president himself for further action. Toomey has had much practice in supporting actions that don't provide solutions.
Casey, who is surely a defender of a free press, is clearly looking for a faster, more effective solution.
James D. Boyer
Casey is looking for better solution