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Media complicit in Obama joyride

Monica Crowley does a fine job of noting how President Obama went about his promised “fundamental transformation of the nation” (“The party of Obama and its bitter reckoning,” Web, Nov. 30).

GOP should urge recounts, too

President-elect Trump and the GOP should be cheerful warriors regarding the Democratic recounts. In fact, they should join them by asking for recounts in Virginia, Colorado and New Hampshire, as well as any other state in which a Democratic win was remotely close.

Egg on Gray Lady’s face

Of all the reportage of the presidential brawl, none was more egregiously biased than that of The New York Times. The celebrated “Gray Lady” of newspapers was widely acclaimed as journalism’s preeminently recognized standard bearer. But in the clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the paper surrendered all pretentiousness of journalistic truthfulness and impartiality, as it went to extremes to not simply present the Democrats’ position in the most admiring light but to actually become Mrs. Clinton’s clarion mouthpiece.

Reform military promotion system

In addition to rebuilding America’s military, President-elect Donald Trump and Congress should abolish our military’s up-or-out promotion system, and reform the all-or-nothing retirement system. Currently, rank and pay grade in the military are synonymous.

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Better of two choices

American citizens should vote for Donald Trump. It's pretty clear that the Republican establishment is going all out against him. They're throwing the kitchen sink — and anything else they can grab — at him. They're attacking him, discrediting him and accusing him of all sorts of malfeasance. They're deliberately trying to turn the public against him.

Who's unfit for leadership?

So 50 Republican officials think Donald Trump is not fit to be president. I didn't see a letter from them regarding Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's fitness, so I presume these lofty, high-minded civil servants believe both of those folks are just fine.

Government out of whack

The wheels of our three branches of government are enormously out of balance. The judicial branch decides that health insurance premiums are taxes, the executive branch legislates via executive order, the legislative branch writes laws, and government agencies take charge.

Trump a better choice for Israel

Two proudly Jewish conservative pundits, Charles Krauthammer and Mark Levin, as well as other Jewish #NeverTrump movement members, seem to be doing their best to dampen enthusiasm about and dissuade millions of conservatives from actively supporting Donald Trump.

Stand up to Putin

Russia's full-scale war on NATO's eastern front is of major relevance to America and both its major political parties. Russia has killed more than 8,000 Ukrainians, seized Crimea, Donbas, part of Georgia and more. The mainstream media and some Americans are ignoring Vladimir Putin's war on NATO's eastern front, and this is hard to excuse.

Milk undeserving of ship honor

Whenever I wonder what else can the Obama administration do to shock the senses, it does not fail me. As I read in Monday's Washington Times, a new low has been reached: A Navy ship is being named for polarizing gay-rights icon Harvey Milk ("Ray Mabus bypasses war heroes, names Navy ship for gay rights icon Harvey Milk," Web, Aug. 7).

Don't emulate past in all things

Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan keep reminding us that America was founded by immigrants, but they seem to have forgotten to mention that America was also founded on slavery. We are living in a hostile, overpopulated world, and what worked in the 1800s is not relevant in 2016.

Dying for politicians' mistakes

In April 1971 John Kerry asked Congress: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" The Islamic State, having captured blank Syrian passports, has pledged to infiltrate the United States for the purpose of destroying us and our way of life through violent acts.

Japanese Americans helped win war

Another untold or at least little-told story from World War II is the role played by the Japanese Americans in the war in the Pacific ("An untold woman's story of World War II," Web, Aug. 4). These Japanese Americans included my father, four of his brothers and two of his sisters, all of whom were in the Military Intelligence Service and Allied Translation and Interpretation Service while their parents were in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming.

Left owes U.S. an apology

The Democratic National Convention provided its quadrennial dose of hypocrisy and obfuscation as its organizers launched the Clinton-Kaine ticket into the general election.

Obama, Jarrett Iran's tools

President Obama is trying to justify the delivery of $400 million cash to Iran, but he cannot ("Obama denies $400M payment to Iran was ransom," Web, Aug. 5). Ever since Mr. Obama was elected, his key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, has been in negotiations with Iran. She is Iranian and wants to be the one who normalizes relations with Iran.

GOP must vote

To all those Republican voters who plan to stay away from the polls in November because they do not like Donald Trump, please keep in mind that Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution states the president "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for."

Question Trump's sanity

Rep. Karen Bass of California was on-target when she called for a sanity check of Donald Trump ("Democratic congresswoman demands Donald Trump take psychiatric exam," Web, Aug. 3). Our Constitution does not disqualify a political candidate for being insane, but the political parties in Cleveland and Philadelphia failed to ask mental health experts to certify candidates.

Trump a modern-day prophet?

The Bible speaks about a man named Nehemiah, who upon learning that the walls of Jerusalem were falling, decided to leave his prominent position serving a king and go to his homeland to repair the city walls. Nehemiah's passion (and sometimes harsh methods) resulted in the restoration of Jerusalem.

Clintons high-class grifters

Bill Clinton was the most corrupt president in American history. A man described as having the self-control of a priapic goat, the corruption of his presidency was pervasive. One example: China obtained sensitive missile technology, and not coincidentally, the American company involved in the transaction, Loral, donated $1.3 million to Mr. Clinton.

Include others in debates

It sure would be nice if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would do something different at the presidential debates this fall. In the year where so many voters are frustrated with a two-party political system ruling everything in this nation, it would be really refreshing to see both of them invite every other presidential candidate to participate in the debates.

A farce of an election

After the expenditure of significant time and money, the American electorate has been given the unenviable task of selecting one of two totally unsuitable candidates to be our next president. In responding to questions on Fox News last Sunday, Hillary Clinton not only confirmed that she is untruthful and untrustworthy, she revealed that she is unaware of the difference between a lie and the truth.

Answer questions in Levy case

In the dismissal of murder charges against Chandra Levy's suspected killer, prosecutors have cited the tape-recorded conversation of the government's key witness, Armando Morales, recanting his trial testimony ("ICE still plans to deport illegal immigrant cleared of Chandra Levy murder," Web, July 29).

Clinton would be another Obama

Republicans must recognize that winning control of the House and Senate and electing a Democratic president in 2016 will only guarantee another four to eight years of President Obama's failed policies, including those that cost the lives of many of our military service members.