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Trump's new world order bleak

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Our president exaggerates frequently, having made 4,229 false or misleading statements to date, reports The Washington Post. This statistic is immediately dismissed by millions of our citizens as “fake, fake, disgusting, news,” as the president recently said in Pennsylvania, where he again reinforced his earlier characterization of the press as “the enemy of the people,” urging his cheering audience to believe nothing that the media says or writes and suggesting that his administration alone can be believed. Accordingly, Mueller ‘s investigation is a “witch hunt” — because this administration tells us, repeatedly, it is: Facts are inconsequential.

Never before in this country has there been so concentrated, so vicious an attack on fact-based, objective reporting of the news; and it’s becoming more intense. We’ve seen this before in pre-WWII Italy and Germany where fascists recognized the necessity of defaming and gaining control of the media in order to sell their brands to their peoples. But freedom of the press is enshrined in our Constitution, a document of which this president is, apparently, ignorant or contemptuous.

President Trump repudiates the world-order that’s been put into place since the end of WWII, insisting that we’ve been duped by friends and foes alike into making political and financial arrangements that have unfairly exploited us. Trump disdains multilateral agreements of all types, wishing to replace such agreements with bilateral deals which he will personally renegotiate as only he (so he believes) can do. “NATO is obsolete,” NAFTA is the “worse trade deal ever,” the Paris Accord and the TPP are more of the same, etc. Our allies are a bunch of dead beats, and powerful autocrats have become our best buddies? Nonsense!

Make no mistake: Trump intends to remake the world-order. Do you wish to live in that world?

Robert J. Hursey Jr.

Greenville

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May 23, 2019

I would like to say thank you to the staff at Lake Forest Elementary School of Pitt County. Thank you so much for your dedication to the students there and “Creating Lifelong Learners.”

Can you even imagine a world without teachers like Ms. Williams, the kindergarten teacher and the…

May 23, 2019

Should we make it against the law for men to have vasectomies? Oh, that's right. It's men making the decisions (about women's bodies). Maybe the government needs to outlaw Viagra. That should eliminate some pregnancies. Perhaps our government should start litigating men's health care issues…

May 21, 2019

I have followed with interest your series on the opioid epidemic with which we are currently struggling. A major concern has to do with access to treatment. The standard of care for persons addicted to opioids is medication assisted treatment, a combination of medication, such as Buprenorphine or…

May 20, 2019

Behold: the father of lies is come. (John 8:44)

The Washington Post just announced that Trump has passed the 10,000 mark of provable lies. I have never seen as dishonest a bunch as every member of this administration.

Just look at Attorney General William Barr. He auditioned for his job by writing…

May 19, 2019

In response to Dr. Cook’s Public Forum submission, I agree with the need for greater price and coverage transparency from medical insurance companies. I do hope that someday soon we achieve that goal.

However, as a gastroenterologist (GI specialist), I was taken aback at your inadvertent…

May 19, 2019

As a physician, I am interested in learning about cost-effective practices. Last year, I attended a conference where the speaker, a physician and chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society, spoke about screening tests for colon cancer. He spoke about a non-invasive testing method…

May 18, 2019

I read with great concern, shock and some anger your May 6 article entitled "New ECU leadership faces significant challenges." As an alum and North Carolina taxpayer, I believe ECU deserves better leadership.

Your article indicated ECU has seen a $60-70 million swing in cash flow since 2016 with a…

May 17, 2019

Like most people, I read Bless Your Heart to get a mild chuckle and an occasional feel good story. However, I found the comment in the third to the last entry in Saturday's column to be offensive: "Women who have abortions (with the exception of rape and incest) are women with no morals." In my…

May 17, 2019

In his May 10 letter to the editor about the Muller report, Vic Corey opines that "(W)e are about to expose all the crooked players in our government — the majority being lying, godless Democrats."

While we acknowledge the First Amendment right to express opinions, it seems to me that Mr.…

May 16, 2019

A major problem in our society today seems to be a lack of empathy. That ability and willingness to put ones self in other people's shoes, seems lost and archaic.

What happened to the following sentiments? "Give us your tied, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The…

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