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Christian florist is bullying victim

Our economy is built on the great concept of free enterprise. The demand-driven marketplace thrives on competition. It is not the proving ground for perceived social injustices. That would be the territory of a more socialistic, government-controlled economy.

Help own first

Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani had every right to express his opinion (“To love or not to love America,” Web, Feb. 24). President Obama certainly has left an impression that he does not care about American citizens or about our country. He is spending millions of dollars to keep open our borders for illegal immigrants, even hiring extra help to process their documents.

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.”

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Brown’s bad choices led to death

As a black mother of three young adult sons, I am appalled by the violence, looting and angry behavior of those rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. I sympathize with the family of Michael Brown and am saddened that a mother and father have lost their son.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No federal marriage amendment

In advocating Sen. Ted Cruz's proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution to defend traditional marriage, Gary Bauer notes that amending the Constitution is difficult. ("Considering the thorny question of a marriage amendment," Web, Nov. 20). It is also totally the wrong approach.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In Israel, time for talk is past

Armed with guns, knives and a meat cleaver, our 'partners in peace' shot, slashed and stabbed their victims, leaving pools of blood and horror in their wake before being eliminated by the police. It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable deed ("Israel military starts wrecking terrorists' family homes to send 'sharp message,'" Web, Nov. 19).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abbas, PA threaten Temple Mount

"Palestinian claims that Israel wants to change the status quo" at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem are a sham ("Israeli forces disperse West Bank demonstration," Web, Nov. 21). The Temple Mount has been the Jewish people's most sacred religious, historical and archaeological site for three millennia — since the 10th century B.C.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No justice for the unborn?

I am utterly amazed by the protests and violence perpetrated by some people over the recent grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. ("Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm," Web, Nov. 25).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Executive order will make real reform harder

Crazy as it may seem, none of the debate about immigration reform focuses on the real issue ("Sen. Jeff Flake says executive action will make further immigration reform difficult," Web, Nov. 23). The primary division between Democrats and Republicans is not whether we treat illegal aliens humanely, but whether we should open our borders to anyone who wants access.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drug-free or land of free?

Thank you for making the case for civil forfeiture reform in your recent editorial ("Time for civil-forfeiture reform," Web, Nov. 17). Right now, police can confiscate cars, cash and homes without charging owners with a crime. Vague allegations of drug trafficking don't justify turning protectors of the peace into financial predators. The drug war threatens the integrity of a country founded on the concept of limited government.

Stop talking, start deporting

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, doesn't get it. Now that the anti-Obama wave has put congressional Republicans front and center, his weak blather of "securing the borders" isn't enough.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No immigration amnesty for criminals

President Obama needs to secure our borders. He needs to stop releasing into our country illegals who have committed crimes. It doesn't matter what kind of crimes; many of these illegals have already been deported a couple of times only to sneak back into America and commit deadly acts. Are these the people Mr. Obama wants to give amnesty to?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Impeach, don't preach

Leave it to the Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. President Obama is treating Congress like his subordinate. If he issues that executive order on amnesty and gets away with it, Congress will have been stripped of its power. Mr. Obama will veto every law passed and continue to 'rule' by executive order.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Middle East peace pipe dream

Another nail has been driven into the coffin of the notion of 'peace in the Middle East,' a goal which has been shown up as ludicrous ("Israel to ease gun-control laws following synagogue attack," Web, Nov. 18). The savage attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinian terrorists will of course cry out for retaliation and result in even worse relations between Israelis and Arabs. The flames were fanned as we see disgusting images of Gazans dancing in the streets to demonstrate their elation over the bloodshed inflicted on the Jewish worshippers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilson showed warning signs

Everyone providing a reference for candidates applying to the Montgomery County Police Department must answer this question: Is this the officer you would want to respond to your emergency? Long before his path crossed Michael Brown's, Darren Wilson was no stranger to the internal affairs department. His previous department was disbanded for excessive brutality, and the Ferguson Police Department considered him a good hire. No one made him "unlearn" what he had been taught.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama still pushing amnesty agenda

On Jan. 29, 2014, the Obama administration began posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website ads to secure 'escort service' contracts for up to 65,000 unaccompanied alien children. By May the situation had reached crisis level and the feds placed a gag order on our border patrol to keep the mess from the public. When asked about the developing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, the administration's response was that they were just learning about the situation through the media.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elections show GOP not faulted for shutdown

Republicans should put a stop to the fable that the government shutdown of last year damaged the GOP brand with voters. This is a total concoction of the left-wing media. Even the more "moderate" Republicans have been brainwashed into believing it and have swallowed the line. They're shaking in their boots, saying, "We'll never do that again." Don't they read the election results?