The U.S.- Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, on Jan. 26. (Guillermo Arias/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

Regarding the Jan. 27 editorial “A trade war we don’t need”:

Building a wall along the Mexican border need not be contentious. Look to the Great Wall of China for inspiration. Our wall could be an architectural inspiration in which both Mexicans and Americans could take pride. Rather than dispute which nation, neighbors by the way, should pay for it, make it self-financing. Create a beautiful wall, a tourist attraction.

China’s Great Wall is about 13,000 miles in length and took about 19 centuries to build. It can be seen from space, which will appeal to some Mexican wall proponents. There are up to 70,000 visitors each day, and that’s just in one section. Consider the income to be generated by charging admission fees. Advances in building technologies will reduce the time it takes to build our wall. New jobs will be created. Tourists will need hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and the like — and additional tax income.

If the purpose was to keep out barbarians, China’s wall was not very effective, but I digress. Our wall is a winner.  

Harold A. Vaughn, Washington

What would Ronald Reagan say about a fellow Republican president who is working so hard and wants to spend so much money on a wall that will hinder relations with an important ally and cost billions neither country has to spare? Perhaps the same thing he said in Berlin: “Tear down this wall!

Kathrine Ebert, Washington

I have a degree in economics, but you don’t need one to know that Mexico isn’t going to just stand by and do nothing if an import tax is put into effect. It will simply tax any products going from the United States into Mexico at 40 percent. Who’s going to lose? We are.

Steve Hirsch, Baltimore


A 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico would certainly affect the economies of the United States and Mexico, and perhaps it would in some sense also punish Mexico, but how would it make Mexico pay for the wall? It seems that the customers who buy Mexican products at the new and higher prices would be footing the bill.

Byron Stump, West Friendship, Md.