Letters to the Editor, The Kansas City Star
Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck, Reuters The World Trade Organization has ruled against some U.S. labeling regulations for meat sold in supermarkets, saying they discriminate against foreign suppliers, people close to the case said on Thursday.
Jack Torry, The Columbus Dispatch They come from the same state. They were educated at elite Ivy League universities. They were elected to the U.S. Senate by many of the same voters. Yet when it comes to international trade -one of the more potent issues in Ohio -Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman are from different worlds.
Andrew Leonard, Salon Senator Orrin Hatch, frantically trying to position himself ever further to the right as he desperately attempts to ward off a Tea Party primary challenge in his home state of Utah, says Congress should just go ahead and approve three free trade agreements, without offering aid to American workers who might lose their jobs as a result of the new pacts.
The Des Moines Register The passage of three free trade agreements that are supported by Gov. Terry Branstad would cost Iowa thousands of jobs, one of Iowa's congressmen warned Tuesday.
David Sirota, Salon When it comes to "free" trade, Ralph Nader (among others) often makes a profound but taboo observation: "True free trade would take only one page for a trade agreement," he says before typically asking, "How come there are hundreds of pages and thousands of regulations" in these pacts?
Vicki Needham, The Hill A majority of Senate Democrats are backing a move by the Obama administration calling for reauthorization of an aid program that helps U.S. workers displaced by trade before moving ahead with three pending free-trade agreements.
Tim Robertson, California Fair Trade Coalition Since 2005, more than half the trade unionists murdered in the world have been killed in Colombia. That's more in Colombia alone than in the other 190+ countries combined. Just last year, 51 more trade unionists were murdered bringing the total since 1986 to over 2700. Unfortunately, President Obama is ignoring these facts to push for the long-stalled Colombia Free Trade Agreement, a relic of the Bush Administration, in a move that can only be seen as an affront to his union base.
Vicki Needham, The Hill Several House Democrats are leading the push for a five-year reauthorization of an aid program that helps U.S. workers displaced by trade.

Mike Lillis, The Hill A pair of top House Democrats is questioning a pending trade agreement with Colombia following last week's shooting of a prominent labor lawyer in that country.