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Fund service-year programs

America today faces a staggering reality: 5.5 million young adults are currently neither in school nor working. This is a gross underutilization of a vast pool of untapped talent and energy, resources that could be used to build communities across the nation and abroad. Service-year programs such as AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and YouthBuild provide opportunities for Americans to gain workforce skills and provide creative solutions to address many issues that face communities today. As racial, economic, religious and political division is on the rise, this is not a time to cut funding to programs that help to build and strengthen communities. Instead it is time to support those initiatives so that all participants benefit.

Save Venezuela

The international community must save the Venezuelan people from corrupt Nicolas Maduro’s communist dictatorship. The free world and President Trump must help through sanctions and diplomacy to prevent total economic disaster and the massacre of Venezuelans by Cuban military and Venezuelan security forces.

Red-tape ridiculousness

If all an administration did was regulatory reform, it would positively affect economic growth. Very often it is not just the federal government, but state and local governments, too, that drastically increase the cost of living and lower the quality of life for their residents.

Tired Trump addiction

When I checked for the news last night both Fox News and CNN were reporting what they labeled “breaking news.” Fox was reporting on the terrorist bomb attack in Manchester, England. CNN had four commentators discussing another of their stories on President Trump and Russia collusion (“breaking news” for three months now).

Pentagon under no ‘green’ illusions

Rebecca Hagelin’s “Peace through diversity?” op-ed (Web, May 21) article requires a response. I’m just a visitor here in Maryland and happened to read Ms. Hagelin’s piece. Though not an expert, I had to wonder about the wisdom of her conclusions. She lumps diversity and global warming together as absurd world views that result in “ridiculous and dangerous military strategy.”

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News media still trying to divide

I am very perturbed by the news outlets that continuously admonish our newly elected president, Donald Trump, for every word he utters. Like all American citizens, President Trump has the right to think and speak his peace. Unfortunately for Mr. Trump, members of the news media want him to talk like a politician and adhere to their way of thinking. It's a pathetic commentary on the state of the media that they try to influence the public with their opinions while they deny us ours.

Use Russia with caution

Does President Trump trust communist Russia but distrust our intelligence agencies? Will he stand up to Russia, an adversary of the United States, a country that wants to spread its totalitarianism to Europe, the Middle East and North America?

Hypocritical protesters

I watched the presidential inauguration on TV and the marches and riots before and after that event. I am amazed at how many ignorant, evil and deceived people there are in this world.

Cheers to candid Trump

The failure of the mainstream liberal media and political establishment to predict the Trump tsunami that swept across the country on Nov. 8, 2016, reinforces just how out-of-touch and/or corrupt they really are. The voting public is no long willing to swallow their lies/half-truths/distortions whole and without question. The Washington elites' reliance on conditioned 'Pavlov's voters' to do as they're told without question is coming to an abrupt end.

Climate change hurts poor

I was encouraged to read in "Protesters, Democrats open fire on EPA nominee Pruitt at Senate hearings" (Web, Jan. 18) that Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, acknowledged climate change isn't a hoax. However, as a Catholic, I am concerned that Mr. Pruitt still does not accept the scientific consensus that the climate change we're experiencing is caused by a wasteful overconsumption of the Earth's resources, as Pope Francis and hundreds of other faith, military and business leaders affirm.

Wasting time, resource availability

As a geologist who spent years exploring for hard minerals, I believe we must ask ourselves what would happen if our sources of non-fuel mineral commodities -- the necessary ingredients of most manufactured products -- were cut off.

Policy end good for Cubans

Mr. Antonio Bened bemoans the repeal of the "wet feet, dry feet" immigration policy by President Obama ("Obama's betrayal of the Cuban people," Web, Jan. 17). Said policy puts Cubans who reach U.S. soil on a fast track to permanent residency. He and I disagree on this issue.

Ryan's immigration betrayal

House Speaker Paul Ryan has seen fit to fire a shot across the president-elect's bow regarding illegal immigrants ("Paul Ryan rules out Donald Trump's 'deportation force,'" Web, Jan. 12). He's a traitor to his party and to all the Democrats and Republicans who voted for Donald Trump.

New college course needed

The strong support of Sen. Bernie Sanders among college students in the recent presidential campaign shows a dreadful lack of economic understanding. Therefore I strongly suggest a new college course be created: "The Economics of Venezuela."

Ruin often precedes change

After World War II, the two countries whose governments were totally destroyed by the war — Germany and Japan — were the two countries which, upon rebuilding to new order, succeeded best economically.

Deal with it: Trump won

When are the anti-Trump folks going to get it? They should pay attention and heed the words of outgoing Vice President Joe Biden: It's over. Stop all the talk about how the Russians influenced the election.

Obama woefully unprepared

Throughout the eight years of the Obama presidency my wife and I have disagreed on the president's abilities. I believed the president was reasonably intelligent but because of his upbringing as an anti-colonialist he did not have the pride in America that drives most successful citizens of this great country.

Boomers paved 'snowflakes' way

Woodstock highlighted the worst generation this country produced until those baby boomers formed breeding pairs. These people achieved self-actualization through moral exhibitionism and militant self-absorption, while ignoring the nobility that their parents, those from the Greatest Generation, displayed throughout the Depression and World War II.

We are a republic

Running from the discredited and self-incriminating name of "liberals" to big-government, oppressive "Progressives," the Democrats' rebranding should prompt Republicans to correct their own language.

VAT border adjustments unfair

Stephen Moore's op-ed, "The case for a border adjustable tax system" (Web, Jan. 8), is a juxtaposition to President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to negotiate and reverse the unfair trade practices of other countries.

Build bridges, not walls

I appreciate President-elect Trump's sentiment of wanting to make America great again. Part of that legacy is for America not only to be generous to its own people, but also to the rest of the world. To build a wall will not bring a solution.

Tillerson a strong pick

- Associated Press

After all the negatives about Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the Senate Foreign Senate Committee hearing was refreshing ("Rex Tillerson takes tough line on Russian hacking in tense hearing," Web, Jan. 11). Mr. Tillerson effectively responded to questions using his common sense, knowledge, diplomacy and world business experience.

Hollywood still in own bubble

Cal Thomas reflects what most Americans think of Hollywood elites telling us folks in the real world what idiots we are for voting for Donald Trump ("Meryl Streep behaves as if elected to office," Web, Jan. 11). It will take a greater suspension of disbelief for me to see a movie featuring Meryl Streep or any other blathering liberal 'luminary' in film. Like Mr. Thomas, I prefer to watch the movies I choose from the luxury of my living room sofa.