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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 20

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 20

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Trump destined to lose China trade war

President Trump has been correct to focus on the economic and trade challenges China presents to the United States.
However, rather than go it alone, Trump should have sought a united front with European and Asian allies. Instead, he antagonized our European allies and withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Moreover, his use of tariffs harms American consumers and businesses, and is also harming European and Asian allies.
Trump will not win his trade  war with China for these reasons:
1. The Chinese are accustomed to dealing with economic hardship while Americans are less willing to accept it, recall the 2018-2019 government shutdown. Eventually, public disapproval will force our government to relent on tariffs. The Chinese government won’t succumb to public disapproval.
2. China’s totalitarian form of government allows its leaders to adopt the long view in matters of national goals. Our democratic form of government doesn’t respond well to issues which require the long view.
Changes in administrations often result in changes in policies, recall the Iranian nuclear deal.
3. The tariff war with China is exacerbating the slowdown in the world economy.
Domestic and foreign economic markets have an aversion to the unpredictability created by Trump’s trade policies. Wild swings in markets will continue to plague our economy.
4. The 2020 elections will put enormous pressure on the Trump administration to resolve the trade war with China. Republican support for tariffs will fade.
In the end, Trump will blink first in his game of chicken with China.
Don Steiner
Schenectady


Include all sports in concussion response

Thank you for your Sept. 3 article on the signed legislation (S2958A) that will require youth tackle football programs in New York to provide parents with information on concussions (“Concussion Legislation is Signed”).
I am a high school athletic trainer working in the Albany area and recognize this law will provide service to a different group than the Concussion Management and Awareness Act.
Enacted in 2012, it provides public high school student athletes access to a coordinated team of coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, school nurses, physicians, and teachers, all collaborating to educate about concussion, identify when a possible concussion has occurred, and work with student athletes to get medical attention, and progress to return to play and return to school.
This new law will target those participating at the youth level and as such, is a great opportunity for parents and children participating in youth football to receive direct education. However, I would like to emphasize that many children participate in sports other than football who are also at risk of concussion.
As a certified athletic trainer serving youth, I would encourage a similar but broader initiative to include all sports and performing arts at risk of concussions.
Understanding the symptoms and management of a concussion is crucial to recovery, and this bill provides us with a springboard to educate parents and students across the spectrum of sports.
Aimee Brunelle, MS, ATC
Schenectady
The writer is a member of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association.
 

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