Regarding “Trump doubles down on ‘fire and fury’ vow as war games near” (Aug. 10): “Fire and fury like the world has never seen” is the mindless threat of our president, who reveals with every tweet that he is utterly unqualified by temperament and intellect to lead America. To know about the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how close the world came in the Cuban missile crisis to nuclear war would caution any other politician to avoid such incendiary language.
Added to “man’s inhumanity to man” in all its forms is man’s recklessness shown in the refusal of the nations to deal with the threat of nuclear extermination. A statesman in the White House is needed to confront international affairs.
Dems’ endorsement ‘disappointing’
Regarding “Dems endorse challenger in Raleigh mayor’s race” (Aug. 3): I am a Democrat, but I am very disappointed in the Wake County Democratic Party for endorsing a candidate to compete with Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Democrats should support good government, and Mayor McFarlane has done a great job as mayor of Raleigh. Instead of wasting time and dollars campaigning against her, there are significant problems with the Republican-dominated legislature where Democrats should be focusing 100 percent of their efforts in 2018.
I plan to support the mayor this fall, and quality candidates who run against Republicans in the N.C. legislature.
UNC Center gives back
Regarding “UNC panel votes to bar new clients for civil rights center” (Aug. 2): The UNC Board of Governors’ recent decision to suspend the Center for Civil Rights ability to litigate is made in direct opposition to the mission statement of UNC and of the spirit of North Carolina. As an incoming 1L law student at UNC, I am disheartened and disgusted.
As the son of a Forsyth County farmer and a first-generation college graduate, I placed tremendous emphasis in choosing a program that represents my ideals and aspirations. I declined other prestigious schools in favor of UNC because of its legacy in public education, preservation of N.C. character and commitment to elevating people of all backgrounds to achieve their dreams. By disengaging the Center for Civil Rights, the Board of Governors is not only distancing the university from its mission and heritage but also neutralizing its appeal to incoming students and faculty.
The Center for Civil rights has served as a champion of disadvantaged communities, like the one I was raised in. While a law student, it represents a clear way in which my training can be reinvested in my community. In maiming the Center, the B.O.G. has silenced our program’s ability to say “Thank You” to the communities that have raised us.