Letters to the Editor

1/10 Letters: ‘Cool heads’ best in dealing with North Korea

Regarding “A united front against North Korea” (Jan. 5): For 63 years, the superpowers of the United States and the Peoples Republic of China were unwilling to allow the political and military division on the Korean peninsula to change. China did not want an American military presence at its border. The United States needed to keep its influence in South Korea. It was hoped that the North would economically implode.

The regime in the North, fearing for its survival, used all of its resources to strengthen its military, culminating in nuclear bombs and intercontinental missiles. It is unrealistic to expect that North will give those up. There are no good solutions, but there is a very bad one and that is to use military force. In a war, millions of Koreans will die, but it will not end there. The war will come to our cities too.

Let the South and the North start talks and ease tensions first. Lets stop threatening each other and suspend military exercises. Quiet diplomacy and cool heads are the best course of action.

Kurt Becker


Mueller’s legacy

In “AP source: Mueller conveys interest in questioning Trump” (Jan. 9) it was reported that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller wants to interview President Trump and that discussions are ongoing between the President’s legal advisers and the Special Counsel’s Office.

President Trump has tried to derail the Russia investigation from the very beginning, calling it a hoax. He fired FBI director James Comey and has continually made critical remarks about Mueller and the Department of Justice. Trump has asserted that he can limit the scope of the investigation, despite the fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had given Mueller broad powers. Trump said that the Special Counsel could not look into his (Trump’s) financial or business dealings or into his family. It is clear that the special counsel is approaching that “red line.”

I think Trump will soon fire Mueller. I think Mueller knows it and has taken steps to lay out the case against Trump and his inner circle. Sealed indictments of Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner might be part of this legacy and possibly even a sealed indictment of Trump himself, provided that Mueller is allowed to stay in office long enough to interview the president.

Peter V. Andrews


Studies without funding?

Regarding “NC says it doesn’t have the equipment to deal with new pollution threats” (Jan. 4): I see the Republican members of the General Assembly have instructed the DEQ to provide three studies of GenX. They did everything vocal they could to insure GenX is studied but provide money for the study.

This study requirement reminds me of my algebra teacher who said 3 times 0 is always 0. In this case, three studies of GenX times zero funding is still zero.

Ed Terrell