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Convention could do more harm

Former Rep. Tom Coburn is correct in his op-ed, “A means to smite the federal Leviathan” (Web, Feb. 24), when he writes that the government has become a loose cannon and its powers need to be limited. However, Mr. Coburn’s remedy will be worse than the disease he’s trying to cure.

Thai elephant rides aid cruelty

Tourists who pay to ride elephants are essentially ensuring that those elephants will spend most of their lives miserable in chains (“Travel: Thailand’s great elephant debate,” Web, Feb. 24). Unwitting travelers are duped into believing that their money is going to “help” elephants, but international watchdogs have documented that wild elephants are being captured to perpetuate this lucrative tourist industry.

Hear-no-evil crowd is back at it

When he awarded Jan Karski the U.S. Medal of Freedom in April 2012, President Obama said, “We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen — because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, because so many others stood silent.”

Condemn Bahrain’s policies

S. Rob Sobhani’s recent claim that the King of Bahrain is adhering to good governance and consequently boosting U.S. interests in the region could not be further from the truth (“Bahrain, an island of stability amid Mideast chaos,” Web, Feb. 12).

Oscars miss the mark again

The 2015 Academy Awards was simply the final round of Hollywood celebrating itself again — and again and again. Alas, with few exceptions the film and entertainment industry continues to decline into little more than sex, violence, shallow stories and a lack of imagination and original thought reduced to narcissism resembling “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Missouri Department of Agriculture should handle deer farms

As recently reported in The Washington Times, new legislative bills moving farmed deer under the oversight of the Department of Agriculture will be heard again this session following the controversy of last session's debates in Jefferson City, Mo. ("Missouri bill to switch oversight of deer farms returns," Web, Jan. 6). The bill is still needed because the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), which oversees deer farms, is pushing regulations that are designed to put the farms out of business.

'Satellite solidarity' with sorely lacking

White House press secretary Josh Earnest has done his best to deal with the decision by someone in the White House that President Obama not go to Paris. Mr. Earnest has pointed out the president's unwavering support for France and the French people. Obama called French President Francois Hollande on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks to express his outrage. He offered all U.S. assistance in dealing with the situation. He even dropped by the French embassy to sign the condolence book.

Has U.S. forgotten God?

As we will soon begin to view political campaigns for next year's national election, it might be valuable to consult our history. It was James Madison, "father of the Constitution," who invoked the following: "We have staked the whole future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God."

Dangers of 'free' college

Once the feds pay the bill for publicly funded community colleges, they will determine which education plans constitute meaningful contributions to society ("Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all," Web, Jan. 9). We will then have a situation similar to the rationing of health care we are seeing under Obamacare.

California rightly puts chicken first

Large majorities of both Republican and Democratic California voters passed the new farm animal protection law that just took effect this month, and they were right to do it ("Breaking eggs in California," Web, Jan. 7).

Paris no-show matches rest of presidency

President Obama's failure last week to make an appearance joining world leaders in solidarity against the terrorist attacks in Paris highlighted six years of failed leadership ("Obama's snub of Paris," Web, Jan. 12). This failure has resulted in the unfettered growth of al Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists throughout the Middle East, Africa and the world, and it puts America and the west at extreme risk.

Charlie Hebdo killers hijacked Islam

Last Wednesday's attack at the Paris headquarters of magazine Charlie Hebdo was a cowardly, heinous act which does not have any basis in Islam. As a Muslim woman I find myself repeating over and over that Islam is a religion of peace and terrorists have hijacked my faith.

Terrorists or strict adherents?

In "France weighs the tragic cost of appeasement" (Web, Jan. 8) Claude Salhani writes that the gunmen in last week's murderous Paris attacks "are as far removed from Islam as can possibly be." Mr. Salhani is simply and utterly incorrect.

AP editorializing, not reporting

In "Mayor eulogizes officer as cops outside turn backs" (Web, Jan. 4) The Associated Press shows us how not to report a story. In the very first paragraph, the story refers to the officers who turned their backs on the mayor as "repeating a stinging display of scorn for the mayor." Paragraph two starts off with "[t]he show of disrespect" and adds later that "[t]he gesture among officers added to tensions between the mayor and rank-and-file police even though he sought to quiet them."

Illegals in U.S. enrich Mexico

I hope no one is surprised that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto so graciously offered to doctor the paperwork for millions of Mexican illegals to have the legal standing to enter the United States — without the approval of the U.S. government ("Mexican president offers Obama help with amnesty documents," Web, Jan. 6).

Christie Cowboys furor not news

People need to get over the fact that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a Cowboys fan ("Christie attends Cowboys game as guest, hugs owner," web, Jan. 5). So are people from all over the United States.

ATSC standard protects consumers

In "TV digital streaming technology speeds past FCC License rule" (Web, Jan. 1) it is not clear whether op-ed writer Andrew Langer's intention is to argue for a change in law or to malign MPEG LA with incorrect and misleading information. Although the former — whether over-the-air broadcast TV services should be freely accessible through every TV set sold in the United States — may be a subject of fair debate, the latter is deceitful and irresponsible.

'Gitmo' more dangerous open

Your recent editorial "Guantanamo terrorists leave, threat to America grows" (Web, Jan. 4) exaggerates the risk of releasing prisoners from Guantanamo and ignores the threat of keeping them there. The recidivism rate for Guantanamo detainees released under President Obama is not 30 percent, but 6.4 percent. Further, detainees are not released at random. They must be cleared unanimously for release by the agencies and departments in charge of our national security: the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

CRomnibus' supporters deserve firing

I have come to the conclusion that not only am I an "extremist" in the eyes of the mainstream media and some politicians, but so, too, are 90-plus-percent of Americans, since most would never support voting for legislation they have not read. Yet both Democrats and Republicans believe this is an acceptable practice.

Transferring legacy of racism

There goes the White House again, stoking the flames of racial hatred. This time it's saying that the post for the selection of the new House whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, defines the GOP ("Democrats try, fail to burn Steve Scalise," Web, Jan. 5). Yet it is President Obama and his cronies Al Sharpton and Eric Holder who stir up racial division.

Uganda not alone in LGBT offenses

In some ancient cultures a person or animal was ostracized and forced to suffer undeserved scorn in the belief that the casting-out would heal a particular community. This suffering by one was thought to replace the suffering of others, and in so doing somehow salve the wrath of punitive gods. Today we are witnessing the scapegoating of Uganda on the issue of LGBT discrimination.

To a productive 2015

Last year seemed to have been filled with tragedies and difficulties both within our country and internationally. The rise of the Islamic State, the recent shootings of young Americans and police officers, and the deadly school attack in Peshawar, Afghanistan, are just some of the difficulties the global community faced. But it does not mean that all was bad and all was lost.

Current 'communists' are charlatans

One of the quiet players that wants to bring down America is communism. Everyone thought the communist threat to our country was mostly a thing of the past, especially after the Berlin Wall came down, but it is becoming more obvious that is not the case.

Race debate not healthy, as Obama says

President Obama is off base if he thinks that the race debate has surfaced in a healthy way ("Obama: Police protests a 'healthy' display in race debate," A3, Dec. 30). The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and other localities, as well as the destruction of property and individual attacks, have not fueled productive discourse. Instead, they have produced an incendiary outcome with problematic undertones.

NYPD commissioner favors politics over police

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton remonstrated against the New York police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio's eulogy at the funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos. He said: "I think it was very inappropriate at that event. That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos."