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President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Shima, Japan, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trouble with words

Men and women (and mostly men) have always had trouble with what to call each other. Juliet in her frustration at the prospect of separation from Romeo asked the question, what's in a name? "That which we call a rose," she observed, "by any other word would smell as sweet." Published May 25, 2016

Ethanol a win-win

Your editorial, "When corn rules the road," (Web, May 22) overflows with misinformation propagated by oil companies that just want to keep Americans hooked on petroleum, with no regard for the environmental, energy-related or economic consequences of that addiction. A little independent research might have benefited your readers. Published May 24, 2016

Muzzling attempt unconstitutional

Robert Knight rightly condemns the harassment of dissenters by left-wing attorneys general ("The dawn of totalitolerance," Web, May 22). As he notes, Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker sent an incredibly burdensome subpoena to my employer, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, demanding "access to CEI's donor lists." Published May 24, 2016

President Barack Obama looks to entrepreneurs on stage with him during a visit to the DreamPlex Coworking Space in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Secret deals, broken promises

Barack Obama is entitled to wonder why, after all he has done to keep their nuclear-weapons research intact and thriving, the mullahs in Iran are being so mean to him. Only the naive and foolish expect gratitude in politics, domestic or foreign, but still. Published May 24, 2016

The website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bilking with Obamacare

Obamacare has been unpopular from the time it became law. Now President Obama's health-care scam has gone rogue, and maybe illegal. That's the conclusion of analysts both inside and outside of the federal government. They say the Obama administration is diverting taxpayer funds to save the president's scheme from collapse, if only until after he leaves office. Published May 24, 2016

Abusing a right to privacy in the restroom

The first 10 amendments of U.S. Constitution codify rights of individual Americans. Those amendments (collectively referred to as the Bill of Rights) do not mention an explicit right to privacy. Nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized such a right and used it to justify it's controversial 1973 decision about abortion (Roe v. Wade). Published May 23, 2016

The American dream. (Jonathon Gruenke/Daily Press via AP)

The shrinking American dream

The 21st century has not been kind to the American dream. The dream that brought millions of "the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free" to America rests on the idea that each generation will have it better than the one before it. Published May 23, 2016

A mural is seen at the site of Freddie Gray's arrest in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, Monday, May 23, 2016, after Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Gray, was acquitted of all charges in his trial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Justice and good sense in Baltimore

The policeman on trial for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore was acquitted Monday and the city did not explode. Much of the credit for keeping the peace goes to the Gray family. Billy Murphy, the family lawyer, said after the verdict that "I don't think anybody should be upset with this verdict." He praised the judge, who like Freddie Gray, is black, for deciding on the facts and not the public pressure coming from both sides. Published May 23, 2016

Socialism leeches off capitalists

While "Why millennials are warming to socialism" (Web, May 17) is an excellent treatise on how we reached our current predicament, I take exception to part of the solution author Jay Richards offers. Elimination of the word "capitalism" throws out the whole point of the necessity to accumulate capital as a fundamental part of free enterprise. Published May 22, 2016

Draft would do youth good

While the Republicans and Democrats do battle for supremacy over which party will run the country, our youths are out in the world without discipline or respect. A recent segment on youth violence on TV's "The O'Reilly Factor" got me to thinking. Kids in inner cities are killing each other with impunity. Parents have given up and schools have become battlegrounds. Published May 22, 2016

A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama’s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district’s 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Reflections in the urinal

"Bein' good isn't always easy," as an old folk song puts it, and begin' politically correct in the brave new America is extraordinarily difficult. Who can keep up with what's new in confusion and abuse? Published May 22, 2016

In this Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 photo, a central Illinois corn farmer begins to harvest this years crops of corn in Pleasant Plains, Ill. Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have put farmers behind schedule in bringing their corn in from the fields, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

When corn rules the road

Washington overflows with bad ideas. The Environmental Protection Agency's ethanol mandate for truck and automobile fuel is a big one. Rather than think again unworkable rules, the EPA doubles down, or in this case doubles up, raising the bar for compliance ever higher. If cars would run best on ethanol, the federal government wouldn't have to force it on the American motorist. Published May 22, 2016

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, New York Police Department officer Joshua Jones wears a VieVu body camera on his chest during a news conference in New York. Boston police had promised to launch a pilot program to outfit officers with body cameras by April 2016, but now are saying it will be closer to June. It's superintendent is publicly doubting whether the cameras are needed at all, and Community meetings are being held to debate the matter. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The body-camera effect

Violent crime in America leaves a growing body count in its wake. Authorities disagree over whether the trend is simply statistical noise or a predictable result of relaxed policing in the wake of several explosive policing incidents. Published May 19, 2016

Sanders' undercover communism

When it comes to slapping down a coat of whitewash, any "socialist" or "progressive" running around Washington in donkey overalls can lay it on a whole lot thicker than Tom Sawyer. Bernie Sanders is fond of telling folks he's only a harmless "social Democrat," knowing full well that his audience isn't educated enough or is too young to remember that it was Vladimir Lenin who first coined and assumed that moniker because the word "communist" rightly scared the heck out of people. Published May 19, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Lawrenceville, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The alternative to Hillary

Only a month ago (a millennium in the era of social media and the hundreds of Internet "news" sites) the Republican Party was just about ready for an autopsy. The Grand Old Party was dead, rotting from the headless top, and Donald Trump was about to be buried by Hillary Clinton, perhaps by 60 points. Woe was all. Published May 19, 2016

Privatization would worsen Metro

Last week, Washington Times writer Deborah Simmons wrote a baseless piece supporting the outsourcing and privatization of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) transit system ("Metro workers slam union, WMATA," Web, May 12). Published May 19, 2016

Money and Powerball tickets change hands at the Sunnybrook Tavern and Liquor Store, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 in Fort Washington, Md. The estimated Powerball jackpot was holding steady at $1.5 billion just hours ahead of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, night's drawing, though same-day ticket sales could push the record-breaking amount even higher. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Powerball numbers for Wednesday, May 18 revealed

Powerball officials drew numbers Wednesday for a $60 million prize, a week after a family ticket pool in New Jersey claimed a $429 million prize from 11 days ago. Published May 18, 2016

Hit back on RICO suit

Kudos to The Washington Times' Valerie Richardson for her reporting on the global warming industry's misdeeds ("Exxon threatened with 'climate deceit' lawsuit in latest effort to penalize dissent," Web, May 17). As for those 17 Democratic attorneys general trying to bring suit against Exxon Mobil and applying Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statues, it seems to me the tables could quite easily be turned. Published May 18, 2016