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The group it’s OK to hate

Irrespective of his personal conduct, Bill O’Reilly’s firing reflects the triumph of political correctness and the unfettered power of allegations of sexual misconduct to eliminate straight white males from positions of power and influence (“The high price of Fox hunting,” Web, April 20). To Wesley Pruden’s insightful analysis, I would add “diversity” as a potent part of the progressive left’s arsenal to deny educational opportunities and employment to straight white males and move them to the margins of society while simultaneously privileging all who fall under the “diversity” umbrella.

Government to the rescue

It is fair to conclude that the political left regards all matters as the domain of government — an “enlightened” government run by them. Family, faith and freedom are seen as threats to government control, and thus must be undermined.

Scalpel, not hatchet fixes voter rolls

In a recent editorial, The Washington Times urges the League of Women Voters and Common Cause to join an effort by Judicial Watch to remove voters from the registration rolls in Montgomery County, Maryland (“Preserving voting rights in Maryland,” April 23). Based on our knowledge of Maryland’s voter-registration system, we cannot support this misguided effort.

Help or get out

House Speaker Paul Ryan has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. Prior to becoming speaker in October, 2015, Mr. Ryan served on the House Ways and Means Committee as well as on the House Budget Committee. With all of this experience, why didn’t he have a health-care bill ready? Why didn’t he have a budget bill? A tax-reform bill?

GOP, speak up on costs

The Republican Party is failing to articulate key facts, primarily financial, affecting proposed and operative major legislation. This is akin to a bank failing to inform a customer that a credit card has been maxed out.

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Liberal blacklists nothing new

Unfortunately the events described in "How liberal professors are blackballing studies confirming Trump's claim of voter fraud" (Web, March 30) are nothing new in today's America. The article says that liberals are blacklisting the professors at Old Dominion University because they don't agree with the professors' studies into illegal voting. What they don't agree with are the scientific conclusions. But blacklisting professors based on their studies has been happening for a long time.

Coverage should be a choice

Your editorial "Collapse and replace" (Web, March 28) does not contest the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of 24 million Americans losing medical-insurance coverage if Obamacare were to repealed. The CBO has grossly overestimated this figure by not taking into account the number of people who don't want coverage through Obamacare and signed up only because they didn't want to pay the fine (it is not a tax). Allowing people to choose not to be insured is hardly tantamount to throwing them off their health-insurance plans.

Health insurance made simple

Washington either does not understand or refuses to acknowledge that keeping costs down and protecting the interests of the consumer are best achieved by assuring good competition among private enterprise in a market characterized by a balance of supply and demand. The primary health-plan objectives of both major parties can be achieved pretty simply, and here's how:

Debt bubble near bursting

The liberals in Congress and across the country have bought into the false notion that a top-heavy bureaucracy and a massive group of people can efficiently serve the needs of a country that now has a population of more than 330 million. In all candor, our system of government has actually done pretty well when one considers the other countries and their various forms of government. However, there comes a point at which a government may no longer be able to pay its huge debt and risks being abandoned by the private citizens and foreign countries who own that debt. We are now at the $20-trillion-in-debt level, and the interest alone is becoming extremely problematic.

Renewables may already be working

Are we hopping from the fossil-fuel frying pan into the "fracking" fire ("Carbon dioxide emissions stayed flat in 2016, global economy expanded," Web, March 21)? And are we being a little myopic while doing it? First, the reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions could be attributable to the rise of alternative energy sources. The International Energy Agency website displays an informative graph illustrating the growing utilization of solar- and wind-energy sources. Alternative sources don't emit carbon dioxide. (Nor do they emit methane or cause earthquakes in Oklahoma.)

GOP's Russian problem

I read with great interest Andrew Blake's article, "Trump adviser Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe to Turkey: Reports" (Web, March 25), which details how President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed with Turkish-government officials the possibility of sending Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey. This is not the first time the retired general has enjoyed the spotlight. There was no investigation by Congress into Mr. Flynn's ties to the Russian government, and now we're learning about another 'oops' on Congress' part.

Boycott "sanctuary cities"

California lawmakers are following the lead of a proposal from a New York City councilwoman and seeking to ban private construction companies that bid on building President Trump's wall from doing further business with their state or city. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the wall "a strong symbolism of division in our country." Forget symbolism; what about reality? On Long Island an MS-13 gang member who was deported four times was charged with the sexual assault of a two-year-old. After hearing this sick and sadistic crime against humanity, how can anyone with a conscience not be in favor of the wall to protect law-abiding American citizens?

True believers never satisfied

The ongoing brouhaha about whether President Trump or his associates have been in cahoots with Vladimir Putin or Mr. Putin's thugs will never be settled to the satisfaction of some Democrats.

Turkey preventing peace in Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's op-ed, "Turkey's vision for Cyprus" (Web, March 19), is fraught with misinformation that Turkey has disseminated since the start of the current settlement talks. Mr. Cavusoglu cites the many security challenges facing the Eastern Mediterranean. In doing so, however, he neglects to mention Turkey's role in fomenting regional instability vis-a-vis its cozy relationships with terrorist groups. Turkey incites further tension by violating, almost daily, the territorial naval and airspace of its NATO ally Greece. On a recent day in January, Greece's Ministry of Defense recorded 138 violations of Greek airspace that had to be intercepted over islands in the Aegean Sea.

School choice will unlock potential

Just as it would be impossible to sell a cake containing all the wrong ingredients, it's not possible to sell a school-choice scheme that is as far removed from school choice as East is from West. Not only does school choice not have to cost one dime, but it will save countless billions for hardworking taxpayers and provide every child the opportunity for a quality education that meets their needs, talents and faith. This will result in fewer dropouts, less crime, fewer gangs and less need for welfare, government health-care, abortions and prisons. It will surely usher in a new era of liberty, justice, prosperity and domestic tranquility.

Turkey must leave Cyprus

Like an overbearing parent, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu prescribes how Cypriots must obey Turkey in order to have a future ("Turkey's vision for Cyprus," Web, March 19). Yet the progress made in the negotiations between Turkey and Cyprus is a result of the leaders of the Cypriot communities taking ownership of the negotiation process and painstakingly defining their own common vision for the future, one in which they share the duties of running a country.

Stand up to Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's "Turkey's Vision for Cyprus" (Web, March 19) represents nothing but transparent, shameful, official propaganda of the government of Turkey. It is a dismal effort to justify Turkey's ongoing, brutal military aggression against Cyprus (including invasion, occupation, colonization, forcible division, ethnic cleansing, massive violations of human rights, destruction of cultural property, attempted secession, usurpation of property and more).

At Mar-a-Lago, back Taiwan

After the White House announced that a meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was in the works, speculations from scholars came in quickly, especially regarding the possibility of Trump and Xi signing a fourth U.S.-China communique. Even in Taipei there is an extremely high degree of anxiety about this summit, slated for Mar-a-Lago next month.

Trumpcare would hurt many

I have a rare brain disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension. It affects one in 100,000. My brain thinks it has a tumor but it doesn't and for some reason it increases production of cerebral-spinal fluid, causing intense spikes in pressure in my head. It has been so bad that the fluid has twice leaked out my ear and I have had to undergo brain surgery to repair the leaks. Doctors tried installing a shunt to direct the extra fluid into my stomach, but that shunt has now failed and I'm awaiting a surgery date to have it removed.

'Someone else's babies' Americans

When quotes like Rep. Steve King's show up in the news, it threatens the very diversity of the generations of immigrants who expanded this country into what it is today ("White House dismisses Rep. King's comments about 'someone else's babies,'" Web, March 14). When these statements are offered by an elected official charged with making decisions about modern families, it concerns child welfare advocates because it harms kids. It is critical for those in power to remember that the people of this country aren't always a mirror image of those who lead.

Wiretap claim's good timing

A lot of folks are calling for "evidence" of the Trump Tower wiretaps. You don't start an investigation with evidence. That's what the investigation develops. You start with indications and develop the evidence or lack thereof. However, regardless of what the investigation unearths, President Trump's tactic and timing were brilliant.

Vacation tips for Obama

It was interesting to read that former President Obama is vacationing in Tahiti ("Obama in Paradise: He's in Tahiti for a month," Web, March 16). This son of a World War II Pacific veteran (my late father was at the Battle of Midway) would suggest to Mr. Obama that he expand his travels to Guadalcanal, Saipan, Iwo Jima, the Coral Sea, Midway and Pearl Harbor so that he might appreciate the sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation."

"Trumpcare" needs fixing

Republicans in support of "Trumpcare" are walking on thin ice. Democrats despise the bill (no surprise there) but even Republicans, the party of the bill's origin, differ in opinion. As a member of the latter group, I say, Back to the drawing board.