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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ebola response shows Obama's true feelings

It is time to state the obvious. President Obama does not want to ban flights from West Africa, likely because he wants anyone who is infected with Ebola or thinks he might be infected to be able to come here for treatment. Published October 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Book's author owes readers an explanation

In my review of Rick Perlstein's book "The Invisible Bridge," I criticized the author's heavy use of secondary sources for his research and his failure to interview any Ronald Reagan insiders ('The Invisible Bridge,' Web, Oct. 21). Published October 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: American Legion's contributions innumerable

I have to wonder why the growing footprint of American Legion posts on college campuses throughout the country --- chartered and operated by the newest generation of war veterans --- was not examined more thoroughly in "Younger veterans bypass VFW, American Legion for service, fitness groups" (Web, Oct. 19). Published October 22, 2014

EDITORIAL: Parking-meter beaters on trial in New Hampshire

Parking tickets are an irritating fact of life for city dwellers. But a parking-tickets case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court last week turned on the right of free speech and the proper role of government. Published October 22, 2014

D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (left) and David A. Catania, and former council member Carol Schwartz, candidates for mayor of the District, took swipes at each other during a debate Wednesday. The three, each hoping to succeed Mayor Vincent C. Gray, will debate again Thursday, in advance of Saturday's start of early voting. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

EDITORIAL: For D.C. mayor, none of the above

Sitting out an election is not always an act of apathy or civic disengagement. Sometimes it can be the right choice, when the options are as unappetizing, as they are in the nation's capital this year for voters charged with choosing a successor to Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Published October 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Surgeons general aren't always 'nannies'

The Washington Times' recent editorial "Ebola crisis needs more than a bureaucrat czar" (Web, Oct. 19) missed the mark in several ways, though the criticism of the appointment of a Democratic political operative as this country's "Ebola czar" is on target. Published October 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Life quality is best mental-health gauge

Mental health problems are very burdensome for individuals, society and the health care system. The prevailing idea in psychiatry to date has been that the disability associated with certain conditions would disappear after symptoms are gone, and therefore, the goal of treatment is usually symptom resolution. Published October 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP response lacking to green-card giveaway

Ebola, the Internal Revenue Service, Benghazi, unfettered illegal immigration — the list goes on and on. While Rome burns, the politicians see no evil, hear no evil and speak not a word against the evil being foisted on the citizens of the United States by an ideologically bankrupt president and his corrupt Democratic Party ("Green cards on the table," Web, Oct. 20). Published October 21, 2014

Workers set up a giant advertisement for Apple's iPhone 6 which goes on sale in China, Friday, Oct 17 2014 in Beijing. China is one of Apple's largest and growing market where enthusiasts of the company's latest iPhone are willing to pay thousands of dollars to get their hands on the latest version. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

EDITORIAL: Apple and Google restrain the snoops

Obama administration officials seem to think the Constitution gives the government a license to snoop on whomever it pleases, whenever it pleases. The founding document does no such thing, of course, but Congress cannot summon the courage to restrain the executive branch. Published October 21, 2014

EDITORIAL: Barbara Comstock for Congress

Perhaps nowhere else has the Democrats' phony "Republican war on women" narrative boomeranged, and in such force, as in the race for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Frank R. Wolf, the Virginia Republican incumbent. Published October 21, 2014

Health workers wear protective gears before entering the house of a person suspected to have died of Ebola virus in Port loko Community situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

EDITORIAL: A respite from Ebola

The Ebola threat seems to have subsided, and that's cause for cautious relief. The operative word is "seems," but three weeks have passed since an unemployed Liberian man flew into the United States and infected two health care workers with the deadly virus. Published October 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop political nepotism in military

In May 2013, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was given a direct commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Hunter Biden was 43 at the time and needed two waivers to do this — one because of his age and another because of a prior illegal-drug-related incident. Published October 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Public health is a security issue, too

In the editorial "Ebola politics" (Web, Oct. 14), The Washington Times laments the government not devoting enough resources to working on an Ebola vaccine. However, that spending seems to be consistent with what the American people have desired. Published October 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Hire' members of Congress carefully

I was thinking about today's job market and the opportunities available for employment-seekers, and I stumbled across an amazing opportunity. This job has only a few qualifications, including age, residence and citizenship, but there is no job description and no experience is necessary. Published October 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ebola another TV opportunity for politicians

Since playing the fiddle probably won't get you on TV news, some in our Congress have settled on letter writing. They must be very good at it, since that seems to be their main response to anything they discover that is wrong or corrupt in this administration. Published October 20, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participates in a news conference, at United Nations headquarters.  More than 120 world leaders convene Tuesday, Sept. 23, for U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Environmentalists will take to the streets Sunday, Sept. 20, in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events as part of New York Climate Week. DiCaprio has been tapped to talk about the cause of rising seas.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

EDITORIAL: U.N. hands off the Internet

International bureaucrats have schemed for years to put the Internet under the thumb of the United Nations. President Obama rightly tells them to knock it off, and we applaud him for it. Published October 20, 2014

EDITORIAL: Green cards on the table

The White House intended to remain silent about its plans for immigration. Revealing a scheme to open the floodgates of amnesty would be disastrous on the eve of the critical midterm elections. Published October 20, 2014

FILE - This Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 file photo Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Ed Gillespie speaks during a rally in Ashland, Va.  Gillespie is ditching television ads in the state with less than three weeks before he faces US Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Election Day. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

EDITORIAL: Gillespie for Senate

Virginians aren't rightly represented in the U.S. Senate. Despite their proximity to the seat of federal government, Virginians cultivate a fundamentally conservative character. Published October 20, 2014

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to members of the media in Raleigh, N.C. In a letter dated Oct. 6 to French officials, McCrory said the plain packaging proposal may detract from more effective ways of curbing cigarette use. The French bill requiring neutral cigarette packs by 2016 is slated for debate in French Parliament next year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Races for the statehouse

With little mystery about the prospects of continued Republican control of the House of Representatives, attention is focused on the Senate, where there is a lot of uncertainty. This focus gives short shrift to the important races for the statehouses, where Democrats are looking for bright spots but where the Republicans may produce several surprises. Published October 19, 2014