Why is Trump so friendly with assassins?

Trump to United Nations: ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission’

President Trump in his first speech to the United Nations referred to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man," and said the United States, if forced to defend itself and its allies, is "willing and able" to take military action.
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President Trump in his first speech to the United Nations referred to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man," and said the United States, if forced to defend itself and its allies, is "willing and able" to take military action.

Why does this president seem to favor leaders who approve of or initiate assassinations?

This week he has refused to condemn the killing of a U.S.-based Saudi national who wrote for The Washington Post. His murder was apparently orchestrated by the Saudi crown prince who Trump considers a close ally. In the past, he has praised Vladimir Putin, who is widely believed to have had Russian nationals murdered in the U.K., historically our closest ally. He is approving of the Philippine president who boasts about his county’s hundreds, if not thousands, of extra-judicial killings of suspected drug dealers. His diplomatic favorite is the North Korean dictator, who had his own half brother murdered in a public assassination.

These are just four examples that are obvious to any person who pays some attention to the news. Isn’t it time that those who support the rule of law stand up and send a message that we do not support murder as a public policy?

David Kiel

Chapel Hill

Hurricane recovery

The Oct 14 story by Andrew Carter about the Wallace-Rose Hill football team (“Duplin community looks to football team for hope”) is riveting. I have read every word and have been captured by the detail relating the devastating impact of Hurricane Florence and the portrayal of individual loss. It is my hope that this story will move those of us who are able to render help to our Eastern North Carolina brothers and sisters. This reporter and his story should also be considered for a major journalism award.

Diane L. Meyer


Bond proposals

My wife and I back the three bond proposals for Wake County and are happy to vote yes on Nov. 6. These bonds will provide essential funding for Wake schools, Wake Tech, and Wake County parks, and represent serious investments in our future.

Although my wife and I are retired and have no children or grandchildren in local schools, we want Wake schools to be absolutely first rate. We want Wake Tech to continue to provide first-rate educational opportunities. We want superb parks and greenways with excellent recreational opportunities outside of formal education.

Wake County has a great future only if its residents are willing pay for it, and these three bond proposals are a sensible, rational vision for the future. The News & Observer has reported that all three bond proposals, if adopted, would raise the property tax rate by 3.8 cents. Not only can we afford this, but we must afford it, since we are competing every day not just with the rest of North Carolina (or even the South) but also with the entire country and indeed the global economy.

Mark Pilkinton


Unfounded accusations

I wonder how Gene Nichol, professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill (“Kavanaugh won, decency lost,” Oct. 12) would feel if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s unsubstantiated charges were levied at him?

Why hasn’t Dr. Ford moved forward via the Maryland police and pressed charges again Justice Kavanaugh? Because she knows that no prosecutor would take her case. Total lack of any evidence, and the witnesses she called on had no recollection of this ever happening. She doesn’t remember the year, date, location but does recall she had one beer. Her parents and siblings have been noticeably absent from all this circus.

Lesley E. Finnegan

Wake Forest

Get over it

There have been numerous times in the letters to the editor where Trump supporters declare that Democrats haven’t gotten over the 2016 election and that they should “just get over it” (“Flameout,” Oct. 12).

Democrats have gotten over the 2016 election: What we can’t get over is that our fellow Americans nominated, elected to the White House and have supported a man who has shown himself to be at war on the truth and democracy. Yet still the Republicans support him. Trump is so morally corrupt that even his lawyers are sure he’ll perjure himself. What does that say about Donald Trump? What does that say about the people who support him?

So is it any wonder Democrats are mad? Democrats are concerned for our democracy, or at least what’s left of it. These are sad days for our republic, in more ways than one.

Steven Wade

Chapel Hill


An Oct. 10 column by former Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby should have identified Willoughby as a paid lobbyist for Marsy’s Law, which supports a constitutional amendment expanding victims’ rights.