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Unfortunately, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, failed to mention the major problem many find with the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations [“Trans-Pacific Partnership would boost Washington’s economy,” Opinion, March 26].

Opponents are not against trade. That is a standard red herring used when one wants to deflect attention from the real underlying issues.

No, the big issue is that TPP provides for secretive, private tribunals that corporations from any TPP nation can use to challenge and overturn our local, state and federal laws. All a corporation has to do to win in such closed proceedings is to show a specific law or regulation might reduce its future profits.

So much for our democratic republic of the people, by the people and for the people.

Peter Rimbos, Maple Valley