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Offended by all, left with nil

Along with the Confederate flag, to many Americans statues of Civil War generals have become symbols of a hateful and intolerant past. Relocation of these monuments is a difficult but reasonable compromise (especially given the alternative of having mobs topple and destroy them).

Qualifications have no sex, creed

In the backlash from firing engineer James Damore, the CEO of Google said, “[L]et’s not forget what unites us as a company — our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives” (“Google’s ‘diversity’ campaign seeks social, not technical, innovation,” Web, Aug. 13). Very nice words — yet that is all they are.

David Brock: Turncoat for profit

John R. Coyne’s review of Sharyl Attkisson’s book “The Smear” has flushed another fat rat from the larder of bogus news (“Taking a hard look at the practices and principles of major media,” Web, Aug. 9). The recent political metamorphosis of David Brock, of that paragon of modern news Media Matters, is surely a sign of the times.

Trump’s revision rang hollow

In reviewing the stunning twists and turns of the Trump administration in the days following the atrocity that took place in Charlottesville, one recognizes that perhaps the most laughable pledge made by the president is that he would bring us together. Meanwhile he pours gasoline on our wounds and lights a match.

Charlottesville attack shows divide

I unequivocally condemn the horrific violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend at a rally of white nationalists, organized as a backlash against the city’s decision to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. It was distressing to watch videos of fists flying between rally members and countering protesters. A terrifying climax was reached when rally attendee James Fields Jr. allegedly plowed a sedan right into a sea of protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.

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Where's the gratitude, Germany?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an embarrassment to the world. Her statement that the United States is no longer a reliable partner is a demonstration of both arrogance and ignorance, and just happened to coincide with the American celebration of Memorial Day, the remembrance of our fallen soldiers. For the record, Ms. Merkel, the United States experienced over 900,000 casualties defeating your country, Germany, in World Wars I and II. Your gratitude for our successful efforts to liberate Europe from Germany twice in the past 100 years is sadly lacking.

Nuclear energy benefits U.S.

America's nuclear plants are critical to keeping carbon emissions low and are worth preserving, contrary to what William F. Shughart II argues in his recent op-ed ("Why nuclear power subsidies must end," Web, May 22).

Year of The Donald

In China, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. In our fair land, it is the year of The Donald and of turbulence. In the chaotic age of Donald Trump, it is tempting for some and irresistible for others like John Kasich to see the president as a real-life version of "Chance the gardener" (aka Chauncey Gardiner from the 1979 film "Being There").

Government's the problem

Last year, the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, I left the Republican Party of Virginia to build the Constitution Party of Virginia. Now the Republican Party has betrayed not just conservatives but the American people in passing its own version of government-run health care. But make absolutely no mistake about it; the bill the House of Representatives passed does not repeal Obamacare. It only revises it.Last year, the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, I left the Republican Party of Virginia to build the Constitution Party of Virginia.

Stop commenting on 'fake news'

The White House should institute a policy in which it does not respond to news stories or comments based on anonymous sources. Creating this rule would accomplish two goals. First, it would reduce the number of fake stories about the White House. White House denials often add credence to stories. If the White House does not comment on these stories, the reports will likely not gain much traction in the media. Consequently, news outlets would probably not run pieces because they would not be popular.

Rescind "Dear Colleague" letter

Since President Trump's inauguration the Democratic left and their media allies have been landing nothing but punches on the Trump administration, putting it totally on the defensive and most recently on the ropes. The Democrats have made clear their intent to do nothing but continue to resist everything about the White House -- fake, fabricated or accurate.

Trump budget commendable

In most parts of the country, there aren't loud, violent protests against President Trump and his policies. Rather, most Americans are rooting for Mr. Trump's success and hope he will continue to find the resolve to stand up to the "resistance." Most of all, there is great hope and optimism that the president will live up to his promises.

Inclusion makes military stronger

I am disappointed by your decision to publish an opinion piece that blatantly disrespects brave Americans who proudly serve our nation in uniform. In a very specific attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members, Rebecca Hagelin, the author of "Peace through diversity?" (Web, May 21) ridiculously argues that embracing the diversity of our armed forces somehow harms military readiness. Such outrageous nonsense and disregard for the strength of our military and those who serve in it are beyond reprehensible.

Fund service-year programs

America today faces a staggering reality: 5.5 million young adults are currently neither in school nor working. This is a gross underutilization of a vast pool of untapped talent and energy, resources that could be used to build communities across the nation and abroad. Service-year programs such as AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and YouthBuild provide opportunities for Americans to gain workforce skills and provide creative solutions to address many issues that face communities today. As racial, economic, religious and political division is on the rise, this is not a time to cut funding to programs that help to build and strengthen communities. Instead it is time to support those initiatives so that all participants benefit.

Save Venezuela

The international community must save the Venezuelan people from corrupt Nicolas Maduro's communist dictatorship. The free world and President Trump must help through sanctions and diplomacy to prevent total economic disaster and the massacre of Venezuelans by Cuban military and Venezuelan security forces.

Red-tape ridiculousness

If all an administration did was regulatory reform, it would positively affect economic growth. Very often it is not just the federal government, but state and local governments, too, that drastically increase the cost of living and lower the quality of life for their residents.

Tired Trump addiction

When I checked for the news last night both Fox News and CNN were reporting what they labeled "breaking news." Fox was reporting on the terrorist bomb attack in Manchester, England. CNN had four commentators discussing another of their stories on President Trump and Russia collusion ("breaking news" for three months now).

Pentagon under no 'green' illusions

Rebecca Hagelin's "Peace through diversity?" op-ed (Web, May 21) article requires a response. I'm just a visitor here in Maryland and happened to read Ms. Hagelin's piece. Though not an expert, I had to wonder about the wisdom of her conclusions. She lumps diversity and global warming together as absurd world views that result in "ridiculous and dangerous military strategy."

Trump is not Nixon

The anti-Trump crowd is claiming that President Trump has, like Richard Nixon, committed an impeachable offense. Thus pressure is being applied to force his resignation.

Anti-Jewish sentiment unwelcome

I was stunned to read an apparent ad (not so identified) by A.H. Krieg, titled "Another French Fiasco," in your national weekly edition on May 15. I will not lend credence to this outrageous rant by quoting its incessant and unsupported insults to Jews. I read "Mein Kampf" when I studied German history at Yale many years ago, and this ad was a similar excuse for reasoned, intelligent writing that should never have gotten by any of your editors.

Who's the real criminal?

I would be remiss in doing my civic duty if I kept my mouth shut when I saw a terrible injustice. The Democrats have defamed, assaulted and slandered President Trump unmercifully since he took office.

Information-leaking hypocrisy

On the one hand, Democrats are outraged over President Trump's "treasonable" interactions with the Russians. On the other, their sympathetic minions in the CIA selectively leak classified material in an attempt to malign and scuttle Mr. Trump's presidency. The hypocrisy is astounding. Too busy castigating Mr. Trump and colluding to pave a path to his impeachment, the Democrats insist that the people's business wait while they conduct their witch hunts.

Hayden enhances Library

When Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African-American to become the Librarian of Congress, visited my hometown to give the commencement address to the undergraduate students at Rutgers University, Camden campus, last week, I was elated. Ms. Hayden is a first in so many ways.

Tyranny's tyranny, no matter flavor

After ratification of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was said to have walked out of Independence Hall and been asked by a passer-by, "What have you created?" Franklin replied, "A democracy, if you can keep it." Franklin contemporary Thomas Jefferson is credited with having said, "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing " Franklin, Jefferson and many of the Founders were powerful thinkers on social, religious, scientific, moral and secular matters. Yet they knew they needed each other if they had any hope of their new nation surviving.

Selling out Israel will backfire

When an unidentified high-ranking State Department official said that the Western Wall was not part of Israel — despite the wall's having been indisputably in Israel proper for the past 50 years — there were immediate protests from not only Jews, but evangelical Christians as well. Now, to the dismay of those concerned about the security of Israel and its biblical and historical background, President Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, is refusing to contradict this official's ludicrous statement ("Top Trump aide won't say if Western Wall is part of Israel," Web, May 16).