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1 OA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2003 SIDNEYI tditorial n the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, the defini- tion for trade is to make an exchange of one thing for another. That is ex- actly what would happen if President Bush agrees to the Central Ameri- can Free Trade Agreement. The CAFTA countries would be allowed an in- crease in their duty-free access to our sugar markets, and in addition phase out the most-favored nation tariff that is the only protection the U.S. sugar industry has against dumped sugar. They call it trade; yes, you could say that - trade for "our jobs and our communities." Is this what we want, having foreign countries control our economy? Recently, the Sidney Herald received a letter from Steve Arnold, a shift supervisor with Sidney Sugars Inc., encouraging everybody to write Congress to defeat the CAFTA. Below is an exerpt from his letter: "We are under attack, not by terrorists, but by us u sugar- foreign nations trying to control our economy This agreement, if it passes, will have a major effect on / pro{lulflg commu- our economy If the agreement passes, our sugar industry will be unable to compete with lower nityl must uct now prices and will be forced to close. With the closure of our industry, we will have to deal with higher before businesses priced sugar at lower quality. "Do you :in business?" Views of our readers