Every editorial writer or columnist has a constituency they represent or answer to. Joyce Reehling’s June 9 column in The Pilot was a sugar high template of Trump bias, in full bloom. It’s more for a San Francisco or Los Angeles readership than a Moore County following.

She whitewashed anything positive that has consumer confidence and an economy booming for a moral suggestion that President Trump somehow sides with despots and tyrants.

Yet other than President Reagan, he dares to call out and disenfranchise tyrants with tariffs and some name calling, e.g., Rocket Man. That he mentioned a comment by Kim Jong-un on Joe Biden, Reehling feels he covets relationships with Kim and others like Putin.

The converse is true. President Trump is a hard liner when it comes to protecting American interests at home and abroad. A lot of what he says and the media reports does not resonate well politically.

Typically viewed as an implosion of political norms for a president, so be it.

Dealing with anemic chambers of Congress, he presses on, refusing to be pessimistic, which incites the progressive media and Democratic leadership, whose only power seems to be an irritant to an agenda Americans voted for in 2016.

The drivel in Reehling’s column is what one expects to see in supermarket tabloids.

Norman Zanetti, Pinehurst

(2) comments

Barbara Misiaszek

Sometimes tariffs are absorbed by the importer. More likely, it's the consumer (us) who pays the additional cost of that tax(tariff). The despot,he doesn't pay. In a perfect world, some company located in a country,more favorable to the interests of the U.S., would undertake the manufacture of that product on which the tariff is being levied . Unfortunately, it's just not that easy and that's why trade wars usually don't work out well.

Dan Roman

Got to give Zanetti credit, he is consistent, consistently wrong, but persistent.

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