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The left, not Trump, in bed with Russia

The Democratic National Committee computer system was easily hacked by the Russians. The personal email of the chairman of the Clinton presidential campaign was even more easily stolen by the Russians. The Obama administration apparently knew as early as last summer that the Russians were up to great mischief in trying to interfere in our presidential election — but it was paralyzed into inaction.

Saudi Arabia moving in right direction

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman recently issued a royal decree, changing the name of the Saudi Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to the more concise Public Prosecution. He also relieved Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of his role as minister of the interior and overseer of criminal investigations. Public prosecution now reports directly to King Salman, which will have a huge impact on Saudi Arabia’s legal system.

Why no one trusts mainstream news

Last Wednesday I heard multiple radio commercials from the AARP hysterically attacking the Senate’s health-care bill and urging West Virginia voters to call Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and pressure her to oppose the bill. This morning, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was still on the floor of the Senate making his very first public statements about the bill, many mainstream-media outlets were publicizing a poll in which large numbers of Americans oppose the bill.

Now they want to read

I find it laughable that the Democratic congressional members are claiming no one has had time to read or study the 1,000-page, Republican-sponsored Obamacare modification. Yet I seem to remember that in 2010, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Congress to pass President Obama’s 2,000-page health-care act so that Congress and all of America could “find out what’s in it “

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Race a matter of fact

Your editorial, "Wishing on a star" (Web, March 8), updates the pariah status of the woman formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, a biologically white individual whose notorious claim to an African-American identity has found acceptance nowhere. She has changed her name to Nkechi Diallo and become unemployed, but she nonetheless clings to her chosen self-identity and has a book forthcoming. "Imitation of Life" would be a suitable title, but that's already the title of a 1959 movie variation on this tragic-mulatto theme, where the black woman passing for white returns to her roots amid the tear-jerking symbolism of her black mother's funeral.

Women the victims of bathroom push

I am pleased that President Trump is addressing the bathroom law ("Trump's order gives a boost to bathroom bills in 12 states," Web, Feb. 23). There are stalls in men's restrooms for men who want to be women. A women's restroom is the only public private area where no man should ever be allowed.

Obamacare replacement falls short

The GOP has finally announced its Obamacare alternative ("House Republicans release details of plan to replace Obamacare," Web, March 6). Unfortunately it both seems like a watered-down version of Obamacare and fails to offer valid health-care reform.

Aliyev family power-hungry

S. Rob Sobhani's March 6 piece, "The 'kind lady' of Azerbaijan" (Web), which praises Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva's recent appointment as the country's vice president, was troubling, to say the least. Sobhani calls President Ilham Aliyev's decision to promote his wife — an Azerbaijani parliamentarian who, according to WikiLeaks documents, chooses not to attend Parliament's sessions — a "historic leap forward" which must be applauded and supported by the United States.

Trump train sure to derail

President Trump's accusation that Barack Obama had his Trump Tower phones tapped would be hilarious if it were not so tragic ("Trump seeks Congress' help on wiretap claim; FBI disputes it," Web, March 5). It comes straight out of the Trump playbook, which directs that when one is under attack, he or she should seek to change the subject, to divert attention by making some outlandish and preposterous charge with nothing to back it up.

'Green' schemes up food cost

All the so-called 'clean energy' scams are not so clean. In fact, most do far more harm than good. The global biofuel disaster has killed millions of innocent people worldwide and is eroding away our topsoil while increasing water and air pollution and raising the cost of fertilizer, farmland and food all over the world. Windmills and solar schemes are worthless. They lack energy density and reliability. You cannot replace a three course meal (fossil fuels) with a single potato chip (wind, solar and biofuels). It is mathematically impossible and destructive to try.

TSA move opens floodgates

As I understand it, the Transportation Security Administration's new airport pat-down methods amount, essentially, to full-on groping. Well, I have some questions and concerns. First, will female TSA agents be required to grope transgender women, such as Catilyn Jenner and Chelsea Manning? And, more to my concern, as a heterosexual male I should like the ability to request that a female TSA agent do any groping of my person should it come to that. Will I be allowed that courtesy?

Why media hates Trump

Many politicians have been disliked throughout the years, but I don't know of any politician more hated than President Donald Trump. Why is Mr. Trump detested by the global elite, mainstream media and liberals? It's because the globalists want a one-world government, a one-world economy and a one-world religion. Unfortunately for them, but great for America, along came Donald Trump.

Zinn no historian

Suzanne Fields' piece, "The pivot in the Age of Anger," (Web, March 1), touches upon one of the key elements of the culture wars: American history textbooks and who writes them. Why would any school district want the views of Howard Zinn in its textbooks? Why, indeed. It would be interesting to know where the 2 million copies of Mr. Zinn's textbook have been sold and the corresponding affect on local governance. It is well known in the industry that the largest school districts can dictate the content of curricula (i.e., California, New York). I took a course from Mr. Zinn. The fact that millions of students have learned the history of our country from him is chilling.

Left must accept defeat, move on

The public has rejected Democratic candidates and policies at the last three elections, giving the Republicans control of the House, the Senate, the White house and so many state houses. What more is needed to convince these nervous Republican congressional members that having won control, they can now set the agenda? Instead we have the Democratic leadership baying for yet another scalp as they falsely claim that Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions committed perjury during his hearings for attorney general.

Terrorists insult Islam

Considering that one of the goals of jihadist terrorists around the world is to insult Islam by portraying Allah as a cruel, vindictive and bloodthirsty ogre, it would be more appropriate to refer to such terrorists as Satanic blasphemers. It seems that all decent people would agree that the barbaric cruelty foisted on our world by these terrorists is an insult to Islam and does nothing to glorify God.

Democrats losing members

I guess Sen. Bernie Sanders' visits to the Kremlin have converted him to more than socialism. Indeed, it seems he may now be teetering into communism territory. It's clear after hearing his latest rant against the principles of the First Amendment that the "alt-left" is where his politics lie.

All faithful condemn hatred

As a Muslim I condemn the cruel recent vandalism on a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia ("Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery," Web, Feb. 28). Ahmadi Muslims, of which I am one, are guided by the khalifa of Islam, Hazart Mirza Masoor Ahmad. He reminds us how the Prophet Muhammad was against all forms of anti-Semitism and how he treated both Jews and Christians with love and respect. It with this guidance that a group of Muslims went to the cemetery and helped our Jewish brothers with repairing some headstones in Philadelphia.

U.S. citizenship an honor

Tsotne Bakuria's story of his arduous path to U.S. citizenship is vivid proof of bureaucracy's ability to make life difficult ("Changing channels in Georgia," Web, Dec 29, 2015). I, too, am an immigrant, albeit one who arrived prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

Up defense, spend for security

North Korea threatens America with intercontinental ballistic missiles, the mobile KN-08 and KN-14, which are probably nuclear-armed and capable of striking the U.S. mainland. According to the Defense Department, after North Korea's illegal January nuclear test, Pyongyang may also have tested hydrogen bomb components.

Iceland hardly struggling

"As other countries eye exit, Iceland debates joining EU" (Web, Feb. 23) wrongly depicts Iceland as an unstable country with a weak economy that wants to join the EU to "bring a measure of normality back" to its people.

Serving the people less appealing

I fear for the future of America. The level of hate rhetoric and fake news has become a tremendous threat to the stability of our nation. Our cherished rights of freedom of the press and freedom of speech have been compromised. Our ability to attract qualified Americans to serve the public is in jeopardy. We have become a nation unable to separate the trivia from the essential. Lost from history was the intent of our Founding Founders to encourage Americans to take positions in the federal government for perhaps one term and then return to their farms and their businesses.

Oscars snafu shows up Hollywood

I have to admit that I never watch the Academy Awards; they're just not my thing. I'm sure a lot of folks tune in to watch the Hollywood elites pat each other on the back, give each other awards and rant on about how each is more compassionate than the next about something. They want us to listen to them about important issues, from "climate change" (they all fly to the ceremony on private jets, by the way), to gun control (many make their money in extremely violent, gun-ridden films), to immigration (they all live in gated communities with private armed security). Not my kind of entertainment.

McMaster not fit for security role

The president's new national security adviser, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, does not believe that radical Islam is the root cause of Islamic terrorism. Because of this I urge President Trump to discharge his latest selection to the position and replace him with former ambassador John Bolton.

Illegals not solely to blame

While it is refreshing to see that President Trump is seeking to take the enforcement of our immigration laws seriously, it should be noted that the just and equitable enforcement of those laws requires the recognition of an important fact. Many of those who have furtively entered our nation have been encouraged to do so by the sporadic or lax enforcement of our immigration laws by previous administrations.