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David Brock: Turncoat for profit

John R. Coyne’s review of Sharyl Attkisson’s book “The Smear” has flushed another fat rat from the larder of bogus news (“Taking a hard look at the practices and principles of major media,” Web, Aug. 9). The recent political metamorphosis of David Brock, of that paragon of modern news Media Matters, is surely a sign of the times.

Trump’s revision rang hollow

In reviewing the stunning twists and turns of the Trump administration in the days following the atrocity that took place in Charlottesville, one recognizes that perhaps the most laughable pledge made by the president is that he would bring us together. Meanwhile he pours gasoline on our wounds and lights a match.

Charlottesville attack shows divide

I unequivocally condemn the horrific violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend at a rally of white nationalists, organized as a backlash against the city’s decision to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. It was distressing to watch videos of fists flying between rally members and countering protesters. A terrifying climax was reached when rally attendee James Fields Jr. allegedly plowed a sedan right into a sea of protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.

‘Far right’ not to blame

As odious as we may find those “white nationalists” or neo-Nazi groups, they were not the responsible parties for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend (“Pence calls white supremacists ‘dangerous fringe groups,’ defends Trump’s call for unity,” Web, Aug. 13).

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Make students employable again

There has been much talk about the student-loan crisis. There is indeed a crisis, with nearly $1.5 trillion owed. Many of the students who have taken out these loans are not able to repay because they have 'gifted' themselves with degrees in various fashionable fields of so-called 'studies,' fields with no hope of leading to employment in the students' chosen (counselor-suggested) avocation. The solution to this problem is obvious but not easy.

Trump's on-track

Draining the swamp takes time, even if the swamp is in your own backyard. Look how many years the slime had been accumulating. Now we have someone who really cares about America and is doing his best to find the most trustworthy people with whom to surround himself. Gen. John Kelly is the latest such individual, as President Trump fine-tunes his staff, cabinet and administration.

Let market call insurance's future

After just seven years it appears we have a health care crisis because the federal government tried to manipulate and take over the health- insurance industry -- and failed. Now that the Republicans are at the helm of government, it is clear they squandered the past seven years by not having an alternative plan.

Congress, learn from Parliament

As a naturalized American with a strong British heritage, I have watched with increasing amazement the total incompetence of congressional members to avoid what will now become the collapse of the American health-care system.

Trump right on military move

There is something to be said of President Trump's tweet to keep transgender people out of the military ("Trump issues edict: Transgender troops will not serve in U.S. military," Web, July 26). As a combat-wounded Marine Vietnam veteran and former law-enforcement officer I have dealt with just about every type of human being on the face of the planet. When it comes to people who are different from most (in this case, meaning heterosexuals) we must understand they are wired differently.

Use modern 'fireside chats' with caution

After reading Daniel Gallington's insightful op-ed ("President Trumps tweets," Web, July 17) I am struck by another unique aspect of the tweeting experience: the intimacy of it. Although intimacy has its dangerous side, we are inescapably drawn to it like moths to a flame.

Taking offense at history backfires

Last week in Fairfax people voted to erase the name of Confederate Army Gen. J.E.B. "Jeb" Stuart from a high school. Assisting in this, from a great distance, was celebrity Julianne Moore, who is apparently still offended and bothered by the name of her former high school from some 30-plus years ago. Most people leave high school behind when they leave to pursue other things in life, but evidently not Ms. Moore.

Massive downsizing needed

In this era of "fake news," remorseless facts remain. The Medicare trustees have warned for more than a decade now of a coming negative cash flow and a "trust fund" depleted in 2029. Its report released earlier this month has been misleadingly characterized as positive. Only in Washington doublespeak can long-term shortfalls of $49 trillion be considered welcome. Medicare's chasm can barely be comprehended (it is nearly triple the U.S. GDP). While America has made peace with chronic deficits for several generations now, the bill is quickly coming due.

Politicians, not talk radio, to blame

This week Sen. John McCain returned to the Senate to chastise his fellow senators for, among other things, listening to the loud, bombastic voices of talk radio. In so doing, Mr. McCain made clear that our problem isn't talk radio, but is instead the swamp that is Washington.

Kudos to Trump on military move

President Trump deserves a lot of credit for making the difficult decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military. It is an important first step toward restoring American military might.

Good science not fear mongering

Richard Berman's recent op-ed in the Times ("Peddlers of junk science," Web, July 24) was intended to be about misinformation, but instead was an example of it. If Mr. Berman had bothered to do his research on Environmental Defense Fund, or had even just read The Washington Times, he'd know EDF has a reputation for working constructively with both Democrats and Republicans. For example, last year we joined with Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, to pass smart chemical-safety reform.

Trump cabinet infiltrated?

It looks as though President Trump is having problems with his cabinet (Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions, to name a couple). It seems the "deep state," with the help of President Obama's National Security Agency, has some compromising evidence on members of the Trump administration.

State sentenced baby to death

The Charlie Gard case has exposed forever hereafter the ideological hypocrisy of "experts" for "the state" ("Charlie Gard's fate was at mercy of British government, not parents," Web, July 24). The state affirms a woman's right to choose to kill her unborn child but simultaneously denies the right of two loving parents to choose to save the life of their born son.

Let market decide insurance fate

The man-made disaster we call Obamacare needs to be repealed -- and not replaced with anything. Millions of people were forced to give up health-insurance policies with which they were perfectly happy, so claims that "millions will lose their coverage" when Obamacare hits the dumpster ring hollow. Millions of Americans have signed up kicking and screaming because they want medical insurance, while millions more signed up on the miserable exchange website only because the IRS would levy fines on them if they didn't.

Current bill worse than status quo

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a cruel proposal. It guts Medicaid, an insurance program on which 74 million Americans -- including many seniors living in nursing homes -- rely. Millions of others covered under the Affordable Care Act will be subject to new, skyrocketing premiums, higher co-pays and reduced coverage, if they can afford insurance at all.

Jail Abbas for incitement

With the recent murder of three Israelis, a father and two children, in their home, the toll from Palestinian terrorist attacks in the past few days has reached five. Instead of accepting responsibility, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acts yet again as the aggrieved party after inciting his Palestinian-Arab terrorists to commit murder.

Oregon abortion push beyond pale

Of all the life-threatening medical maladies a government could mandate others pay for, Oregon dictated that procured abortions be provided for all ("Oregon House Democrats pass bill providing free abortions for all, including illegal aliens," Web, July 2). The desperation and insecurity of those who propose that abortion is a choice couldn't be any clearer.

Trudeau is the terrorists' useful idiot

The West is in a worldwide war with terrorism and has been for many years ("The travesty of rewarding a terrorist," Web, July 23). A global battle such as this is not just a "domestic squabble," as stated by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Guns for defense only

Like civilians, law-enforcement officers possess deadly weapons only to defend themselves or others ("Timeline of Justine Damond shooting," Web, July 21). Questionable killings by police officers, such as the Damond shooting earlier this month in Minneapolis, require that police academies and any implicit "warrior" culture to be examined. Only combatants under the laws of war may legally initiate killing, and even then they may only kill armed enemy combatants, never civilians.

Selling out Americans for profit

It is incredible that Congress can pass legislation and quietly chip away at our privacy protection while the public sits unaware. Of course, the mainstream media doesn't report on such matters; it is too obsessed with President Trump and Obamacare.