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Fund missile defense system now

The simple fact that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons, no matter how far along it is in the process, calls into question how secure our country really is (“Fourth North Korean nuclear test shows need for harsh, sustained sanctions — not diplomacy,” Web, Aug. 22).

Dangerous Duterte

Controversial new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been hugely successful in combating drug dealers. Unfortunately the tactics he uses to do so are often highly illegal.

Tax code hurts majority

Al Capone and John Gotti must be turning over in their graves. The difference in the their criminal enterprises and the criminal enterprises of “philanthropic” foundations such as the Clinton Foundation is that Capone and Gotti were rank amateurs in hiding their ill-gotten gains.

Clinton emails must be exposed

The 15,000 new Clinton emails are on top of the 30,000 she released, which in turn are on top of the 33,000 she reported (if you believe her) and willfully deleted (“FBI found nearly 15,000 new Clinton emails, review likely to take months,” Web, Aug. 22).

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Answer questions in Levy case

In the dismissal of murder charges against Chandra Levy's suspected killer, prosecutors have cited the tape-recorded conversation of the government's key witness, Armando Morales, recanting his trial testimony ("ICE still plans to deport illegal immigrant cleared of Chandra Levy murder," Web, July 29).

Clinton would be another Obama

Republicans must recognize that winning control of the House and Senate and electing a Democratic president in 2016 will only guarantee another four to eight years of President Obama's failed policies, including those that cost the lives of many of our military service members.

The Hillary fantasy will end

Many Democrats have called Donald Trump nothing more than a TV reality star, but if you watched the proceedings in Philadelphia last week you have been presented with fantasy TV. Speakers such as the Obamas, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton all described a candidate with whom Americans are unfamiliar.

No great milestone for women

While many women see Hillary Clinton's nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate as a major advance for women, many others wish that the first woman to achieve that milestone had been someone with integrity.

Clinton, Trump equally bad for U.S.

During this election cycle, Donald Trump made an issue of Sen. Ted Cruz's "natural-born" status, but few even considered the reason our Founders put those words into the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers feared that an agent of a foreign government could be elected president and not have the interests of the United States as their first and only priority.

Vote Libertarian in 2016

In the last two weeks of July, non-stop cable TV gave us insight into the presidential nominees selected by the Republican and Democratic parties. Afterward we wondered, "Is this the best they have to offer?" Both parties presented candidates who are demonstratively dishonest and temperamentally unfit for the office of president.

No more Clinton laundry in White House

After watching former President Bill Clinton give his speech at the Democratic National Convention, one would have to come away thinking that old "Slick Willie" had once again hit it out of the proverbial ballpark. That is, until you look at what he said and didn't say.

Superficial convention

The Democratic National Convention has done a lot to live up to the stupidity of the likes of the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and others too numerous to mention.

Value-free DNC

The Democratic National Committee has offered its "deep and sincere apology" to Sen. Bernie Sanders ("DNC -- but not Wasserman Schultz -- offers 'sincere apology' to Sanders over leaked emails." Web, July 25). Like every other habitual criminal, the committee's feelings of remorse come right after being caught.

Still chance for Cruz?

We face a tough election choice. Donald Trump may be too unstable to trust with the nuclear trigger. Hillary Clinton seems to support the Iran deal that allows a 24-day waiting period before the inspection of a suspected nuclear site. Some experts say that's not a problem, but other experts say it is.

U.S. indeed less safe now

When you look at the statistics of the past 10 years, crime has been trending downward. Even with the increase in crime in the largely Democratic inner cities such as Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, the overall national trend of major crimes in America has been down until this year.

Judge, attorney corruption egregious

Cal Thomas' op-ed is spot-on about the way in which the corruption, disorder and division in our society is a reflection of what's in the hearts of each of us ("Cause and effect," Web, July 20). I don't believe the loss of Christianity is to blame because throughout history wickedness has been carried out by those who describe themselves as Christians. It is undeniable that we have lost the values, the "moral gravity that once kept us grounded, and the boundaries that kept us safe."

Illegals erode more than borders

The title of Donald Lambro's recent op-ed "This bizarre election year" (Web, July 14) teased the reader into thinking the piece was a fair and balanced review of the two 2016 presidential candidates. Instead it was a one-sided attack on the basic tenets of Donald Trump's plan to control our southern border, end sanctuary havens for illegal immigrants and enforce laws to preserve employment opportunities for law-abiding citizens.

Take HSBC to task

The opening-night theme of the Republican National Convention this year was "Make America Safe Again." Perhaps the best way to help achieve this objective would be to root out all the banks that launder money to drug-trafficking cartels and terrorist organizations.

Inured to ISIS?

No one wants to see what is going on in Islamic-State-controlled Aleppo and Raqqa, Syria, but recent reports from CNN show the truth about what is happening in that war-torn part of the world. It is absolutely horrific, but I'm hesitant to share it with any of my friends because people just don't want to hear about it.

Clinton not off hook yet

In light of FBI Director James Comey's 'no-indictment' determination of Hillary Clinton, many people have become angry or depressed, chanting "A Clinton won again" ("Why the FBI let Hillary Clinton off," Web, July 11). Ronald Kessler notes that Mr. Comey did not want to take on "an unwinnable case" under Section 793(f) of the U.S. criminal code. However, as a glass-half-full kind of person, I see an opportunity here.

Don't give corruption the wheel

July 4, 1776 is a holy day on the calendar of American history and a turning point in world affairs. July 5, 2016 is now a day that shall live in infamy, because it was the day the FBI decided that all men, but not all women, may be equal before the law.