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North American Free Trade Agreement

Lack of jobs a factor in unrest [Letter]

Editor: I’m always amazed at how Republicans formulate simplistic solutions for complex problems. Recently, former governor Bob Erhlich and presidential candidate Rand Paul blamed the unrest in Baltimore on the lack of dads in the city. First, the dads are probably in prison for minor drug offenses. When they get out, they won’t be able to find employment or obtain a decent education. Many can’t even vote because of their previous conviction even though they have paid their debt to society. Far more troubling is the hopelessness and despair that exists in places like Baltimore, Camden, N.J., and other urban areas. Before NAFTA (1992), we had a $2 trillion dollar trade...