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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.

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The real danger isn't Trump

There has been a lot of talk about how President Trump is horribly likely to cause some sort of nuclear detonation in the world. The awful truth, though, is that in recent years we've been closer to a nuclear bomb going off than ever before, including during the Cold War years, and we could currently face a manifestation of that reality.

Don't bury group namew

The first word of Thursday's most important Washington Times article (as determined by the piece's top-left, front-page placement) was "watchdog" ("Watchdog sees need for election fraud probe"). This term refers to the group that provided the news peg for this story, so one would think that identifying it and describing its actions would have been pretty basic and important to the credibility of the article.

Beware Putin

Some suggest that a personal animosity toward Hillary Clinton motivates Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Mr. Putin's 'reset button' comment on the Hillary tiding suggests the man does not take her seriously enough to merit a personal animosity.

There's time and place for dissent

"On the outside, looking in" (Web, Jan. 23) hit the nail on the head. Members of Congress are elected first and foremost to work for the interests of their districts. Gratuitously disrespecting the new president by not attending the inauguration and grandstanding over the decision to do so does nothing to help constituents, and in fact makes it harder for these members to have their voices heard when it really matters.

Deliberate inauguration obstacles

I attended the first Obama inauguration and tried to attend last Friday's event. I have no doubt the crowd on the mall at Mr. Obama's was larger, but I am surprised at the absence of media coverage of the obstacles that prevented many people from attending Mr. Trump's inauguration.

News media still trying to divide

I am very perturbed by the news outlets that continuously admonish our newly elected president, Donald Trump, for every word he utters. Like all American citizens, President Trump has the right to think and speak his peace. Unfortunately for Mr. Trump, members of the news media want him to talk like a politician and adhere to their way of thinking. It's a pathetic commentary on the state of the media that they try to influence the public with their opinions while they deny us ours.

Use Russia with caution

Does President Trump trust communist Russia but distrust our intelligence agencies? Will he stand up to Russia, an adversary of the United States, a country that wants to spread its totalitarianism to Europe, the Middle East and North America?

Hypocritical protesters

I watched the presidential inauguration on TV and the marches and riots before and after that event. I am amazed at how many ignorant, evil and deceived people there are in this world.

Cheers to candid Trump

The failure of the mainstream liberal media and political establishment to predict the Trump tsunami that swept across the country on Nov. 8, 2016, reinforces just how out-of-touch and/or corrupt they really are. The voting public is no long willing to swallow their lies/half-truths/distortions whole and without question. The Washington elites' reliance on conditioned 'Pavlov's voters' to do as they're told without question is coming to an abrupt end.

Climate change hurts poor

I was encouraged to read in "Protesters, Democrats open fire on EPA nominee Pruitt at Senate hearings" (Web, Jan. 18) that Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, acknowledged climate change isn't a hoax. However, as a Catholic, I am concerned that Mr. Pruitt still does not accept the scientific consensus that the climate change we're experiencing is caused by a wasteful overconsumption of the Earth's resources, as Pope Francis and hundreds of other faith, military and business leaders affirm.

Wasting time, resource availability

As a geologist who spent years exploring for hard minerals, I believe we must ask ourselves what would happen if our sources of non-fuel mineral commodities -- the necessary ingredients of most manufactured products -- were cut off.

Policy end good for Cubans

Mr. Antonio Bened bemoans the repeal of the "wet feet, dry feet" immigration policy by President Obama ("Obama's betrayal of the Cuban people," Web, Jan. 17). Said policy puts Cubans who reach U.S. soil on a fast track to permanent residency. He and I disagree on this issue.

Ryan's immigration betrayal

House Speaker Paul Ryan has seen fit to fire a shot across the president-elect's bow regarding illegal immigrants ("Paul Ryan rules out Donald Trump's 'deportation force,'" Web, Jan. 12). He's a traitor to his party and to all the Democrats and Republicans who voted for Donald Trump.

New college course needed

The strong support of Sen. Bernie Sanders among college students in the recent presidential campaign shows a dreadful lack of economic understanding. Therefore I strongly suggest a new college course be created: "The Economics of Venezuela."

Ruin often precedes change

After World War II, the two countries whose governments were totally destroyed by the war — Germany and Japan — were the two countries which, upon rebuilding to new order, succeeded best economically.

Deal with it: Trump won

When are the anti-Trump folks going to get it? They should pay attention and heed the words of outgoing Vice President Joe Biden: It's over. Stop all the talk about how the Russians influenced the election.

Obama woefully unprepared

Throughout the eight years of the Obama presidency my wife and I have disagreed on the president's abilities. I believed the president was reasonably intelligent but because of his upbringing as an anti-colonialist he did not have the pride in America that drives most successful citizens of this great country.

Boomers paved 'snowflakes' way

Woodstock highlighted the worst generation this country produced until those baby boomers formed breeding pairs. These people achieved self-actualization through moral exhibitionism and militant self-absorption, while ignoring the nobility that their parents, those from the Greatest Generation, displayed throughout the Depression and World War II.