Hice at Hitachi

Rep. Jody Hice, right, speaks with Hitachi Production Director Kevin Jones during a tour of one of the car part maker’s factory floors in Monroe on Monday. Hice also toured Elite Storage Solutions and the Facebook Newton Data Center site.

Walton County’s congressman toured some of the area’s blue-collar jobs and got a glimpse at the future Monday on an industry tour while Congress is in recess.

Trade, of course, was on the minds of the business leaders in his audience. And he sought to reassure them everything is going to be OK.

“There are some difficulties now, but there will be long-term benefit,” Hice said on the matter of tariffs.

That sure sounds nice, but those short-term difficulties may be too much to bear for some businesses in the interim.

The tariffs on newsprint are putting an absolute beating on newspapers right now. A bipartisan coalition in the Senate is trying to get this fixed; our fingers are crossed.

Meanwhile, farmers are finding it more difficult to move products into China, a country that’s finding other nations more than willing to fill the void left by the U.S.

We’ll trust Hice is right on this, but forgive us for being just a bit wary. It’s difficult to imagine how anybody wins in a long-term trade war.

Our View is the opinion of the Walton Tribune editorial board, which includes Owner Patrick Graham and Editor and Publisher David Clemons.

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