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Eric Holder race policy sets back decades of progress

I agree with Rob Arnold’s assessment that Eric Holder and this administration have set back race relations by decades (“Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Louis Farrakhan set back race relations progress,” Web, Dec. 11). In my 65 years as a white male, I have seen a major leap forward in racial harmony among all races. Interracial marriages were virtually unheard of when I was a teenager in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Today, such a thing is not only common but is accepted by most people, regardless of race, ethnicity or cultural background.

U.S. left produces violent radicals

For a Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz is quite misguided indeed (“Frat house vandals use ‘argument the terrorists make,’ Dershowitz warns,” Web, Dec. 21). Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan extended into almost every Southern state and by 1870 became a vehicle for white Southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. KKK members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christmas not especially Christian?

Every year as Christmas approaches we see the same two teams going at it again. Quite frankly it is getting a little old. Anti-religious zealots often go too far trying to expunge Jesus and nativity scenes from the public square. People have been so cowed into saying “Season’s greetings” and “Happy holidays” and avoiding “Merry Christmas” at all costs that we now have some people saying “Happy holidays” at Thanksgiving time, as if “Happy Thanksgiving” would offend anyone. “Season’s greetings” is as vacuous as wishing someone a “Happy Wednesday.” Personally, I have never cared whether someone wished me a happy anything. My true happiness does not depend on it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Effect change, don’t loot and riot

As a second-generation law enforcement officer on total, permanent disability from a combination of war wounds received in Vietnam and job-related injuries, I believe there has been a serious injustice perpetrated against the police of this country by our president and his cohort, Attorney General Eric Holder.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: U.S. should seize on Mexico deal for reforms

Financial news reports have AT&T leaping across the border to help create the potential for a greater middle class in Mexico with the purchase of Iusacell, a wireless company that has 8.6 million subscribers and a network that covers 70 percent of Mexico's population ("AT&T says it will buy Mexico's Iusacell for $1.8B," Web, Nov. 7).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP, capitalize on midterm momentum

Republicans have every right to take a moment and bask in the glory of their congressional success on Nov. 4. However, only two truths emerged from the elections: Voters are disgusted with Democratic (Obama) policy, and at the moment Republicans are likely to win most elections, except in New York and California.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using 'suicide voting' tactics in Va. election

On its website, the Virginia Citizens Defense League states that the "VCDL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grass-roots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia." It seems the group abandoned this statement in the 2014 midterm elections.w

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Federal appointees' war on conservatives

If you ever wondered just what was meant by the abused term "war on women," you might want to ask Catherine Engelbrecht, a hard-working small-business owner who has been illegally harassed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration simply because she had the temerity to start a conservative political organization.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Iranian regime isn't changing

Clare Lopez's piece claiming that the revolution in Iran is over and that the people of Iran are ready to join the international community as a partner is belied by the recitation of facts in the same piece ("A rose-colored glasses vision of a 'new Iran,'" Web, Nov. 4).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elections shatter the left's false confidence

What a difference a year makes. After the government shutdown of October 2013, the Republican brand was so tarnished there was talk of political extinction. This week, after numerous unanticipated crises — from the border exploding with immigrant children to Ferguson, Mo., and from the Islamic State to Ebola — it's the Democrats who are on the ropes ("How this election is the Democrats' Waterloo," Commentary, Web, Nov. 5).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:Missile defense integ ral part of deterrence

Keith Payne is right to point out the dangers inherent in the emotional policy of nuclear disarmament ("Shooting down minimum nuclear deterrence," Web, Nov. 4). Mr. Payne makes a clear case why deterrence through conventional forces alone has proved itself inadequate, particularly as the nuclear capabilities of other nations grows.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The price of liberty is vigilance

It's been said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Tuesday night's election results dramatically illustrated that fact. Spreading the truth via letters to the editor, talk shows, emails and even everyday conversations, when done by enough people, can change the direction of the country.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Prayer out, rainbow flag in at school

President Abraham Lincoln was not ashamed of the United States or God. In his Gettysburg address Lincoln said, " ... that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Unfortunately, this nation is no longer under God.