Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, January 8, 1971 A-5 Congress should wise up and adopt new trade policies By Carl T. Roivan WASHINGTON - Thanks to a few gutsy members of the 91st Congress, this country has been spared the burden of a restrictive trade bill that would have caused us years of grief. Before the high tariff crowd jumps on the 92nd Congress, Trying to exact lucrative favors for the textile industry others who want to get rich off the misery of the poor Bi-State adds transit engineer Raymond L. Barber has joined the staff of the Bi-State Development Agency as transportation engineer, R. E. S m y s e r Jr., executive director, reports. He will assist Chief Engineer Elmer W. Belew in transportation activities at the Agency's Granite City wharf and public terminal, Bi-State Parks Airport at Cahokia and on rapid transit planning. A civil engineer, Barber formerly was a staff officer for the United States Army Engineer Construction Agency in Vietnam. He came to Bi- State from the Illinois Division of Highways where he was involved in field layout and inspection of new road construction. A resident of Hartford, Barber received his B.S. degree in engineering at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, and currently is seeking a master's degree in city planning on the university's Edwardsville campus. MacKenty dies EDGARTOWNf, Mass. (AP) — John Gilman MacKenty, 70, a former RCA executive, died Thursday. Before his retirement in 1945 because of ill health, MacKenty was vice manager of Radiomarine Co r p. of America and managing director of RCA's International Division. consumer, someone had better take a look at what bad trade policies already have done to this country. There is no clearer or more disturbing example than Latin America and the Caribbean area. Everyone knows about Castro and Cuba and millions of Americans have expressed alarm that the voters of Chile put an avowed Marxist in the presidency — or that anti- Americanism has erupted in Peru and several other countries. If you look at the poverty of Latin America against the wealth of the United States adn then ponder trade patterns of the last 20 years, you will have a pretty good idea why we are in trouble. And we will be in bigger trouble unless President Nixon comes up with something remarkable in the way of his promised new plan for economic dealings with small, poor nations — especially Latin America. Do not be frightened away by the fact that the next few paragraphs contain statistics. For these figures go to the heart of this nation's security and the likelihood that it will be gravely endangered by political upheavals right in our own backyard. In 1950 the United States imported $8.8 billion worth of items from other countries. Latin Americans sold us $2.9 billion, or about 30 per cent, of that. By 1960 United States imports 'had climbed to $15 billion, but we were taking only $3.1 billion worth — just over 20 per cent — from Latin America. In 1969 U.S. imports had soared to $36 billion, but purchases from Latin' countries had dropped back to $2.9 billion, or roughly 8 per cent. It must be counted to economic calamity for Latin Americans that they could not participate in this more- than-400-per cent growth in U.S. imports. Add the element o f inflation and the deterioration of the Latin position is even more disastrous. Former President Carlos LJeras Restrepo of Colombia put the problem succinctly in 1969 when he said that "in 1954 the price of coffee was 80 cents a pound. In that same year a jeep was worth $1,367. In other words, 14 bags of coffee bought one jeep. . . Today the price of coffee is 40 cents a pound and the price of a jeep is $2,264. Now it takes 43 bags of coffee to buy a jeep." Small wonder that Latin American countries do not have the dollars needed to buy the machinery, tools, materials, and food essential to economic and social development. Small wonder that the Soviet Union has a major drive on to increase commercial ties with Latin America. Small wonder that Lleras warned President Nixon of a coming crisis in relations in the hemisphere and former Chilean foreign minister Gabriel Valdes warned Nixon well before the Communist electoral victory . of "frustration expanding in Latin America' and a growing HELP and harmful resentment expressed in large sectors." It seems incredible that against this background the Congress — with White House acquiescence — almost saddled this nation with trade policies that would have increased the inequities and, consequently, the danger to democracy. During two decades of economic and trade policies that have made us thousands of enemies in Latin America, many Americans have tried to protect "freedom," meaning U.S. interests, by pouring arms into the hands of Latin Americans they deemed to be safe. If it meant supporting a military dictatorship or an oppressive oligarchy, we did it. We have paid a staggering price in Cuba and China, and unless we wise up we will pay bigger prices elsewhere. A good place to start wising up will be the 92nd Congress where we can turn our backi on more trade restricttoBi and adopt trading policies that will enable our neightWM to know some prosperity — with dignity. Publisher Syndicate CHANGE TO CLEAN OWENS CORNING FlBERGLAS ITOP Air Filters With Corsol ST. PETERS Electric & Hardware 2502 State 466-6931 U.S. WASHED RED POTATOES 10 68' Prices Effective Thru Sat., Jan. 9 3 STORES TO SERVE YOU! 411 Piasa, Alton • Washington Square, Alton 20 W. 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