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 Have we forgotten why we celebrate the Fourth of July? Our independence must be redeclared by urging our congressmen to get out of NAFTA, not renegotiate it. NAFTA offers managed trade, not free trade.

In 1994 the U.S. entered the North American Free Trade Agreement, the chief building block of a merger of United States, Canada, and Mexico into a North American Union. It is being rolled out gradually through trade agreements just as was the European Union which began in 1951 with an international commission regulating the trade of coal and steel which morphed into the Common Market, then became the government of the EU by 1992 with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. The 28 countries of the EU are now nations in name only.

Renegotiation could expand NAFTA's control over even more sectors of the U.S. economy, create porous borders, allow additional countries to join NAFTA, and further building NAFTA's powerful bureaucratic super-government which cares not if the U.S. prospers.

Expanding NAFTA would further empower bureaucrats rather than free market forces to determine production quotas, prices, safety and quality standards, regulation of labor, immigration, transportation, environmental concerns, banking, the military, police forces, and more. International review panels would enforce its decisions which would supersede any legislation or ruling by local, state, or even federal legislatures or courts, shredding our Constitution, U.S. sovereignty, and freedom.

Judy Stahl, Valley City

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