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I am disappointed by the shortsighted, narrow focus of the editorial “Council need not worry about far-off issues” [Opinion, March 23].

Talk about contradictions: On the one hand, The Times notes correctly that our city and region depend on trade. On the other hand, we shouldn’t worry about the details and should leave decision-making to our betters.

No. We’ve been burned in the past by fast-track negotiations, behind closed doors and led by big business. They have excluded and trampled on labor and environmental regulations. Not again.

That’s why I oppose fast-track authority and support transparent negotiations toward a Trans-Pacific Partnership that represents all interests. I congratulate the council committee led by Mike O’Brien and hope the full council will adopt it.

Jonis Davis, Seattle