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Time for action on North Korea

It is high time we did something other than talk to confront North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and his threats to obliterate the United States and our Pacific allies. Any effort of President Trump to have China rein in North Korea's missile and nuclear programs is too little, too late. Published July 6, 2017

Time to downsize?

Over the past 90 years, from about 1926 until recently, the U.S. population has increased from 117 million to 320-plus million. As I understand it, during approximately the same period, from about 1927 until today, the world population has increased from two billion to an estimated 7.5 billion. Published July 6, 2017

No more cherry-picked climate data

Is climate change really caused by human activities? The truth is that we don't know. What we do know is that there is a "consensus" among the advocates for man-made global warming based on studies using cherry-picked and manipulated data. We know from the University of East Anglia emails that the data is manipulated. These notes revealed that a "trick" was used to have the data support the conclusion of global warming. We also know from reporting on NOAA studies that the results were manipulated by the biased selection of the data used in the study. Published July 6, 2017

FILE In this Monday, June 18, 2012 file photo President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit, in Los Cabos, Mexico. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Sounding off overseas

Squeezing out one last burst of applause is risky for any entertainer, as any old vaudevillian could have told Barack Obama. The idea is to leave the fans in the cheap seats yelling for more. But Mr. Obama, the original snowflake -- always at risk of melting and dead certain that he's unique in history — scorns the tradition of a president expected to go home after his time is done. Published July 6, 2017

FILE--This June 15, 2017, file photo shows the headquarters of Oregon's Driver and Motor Vehicles Division in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Legislature on Thursday, July 6, passed a bill to allow local motor-vehicle offices to issue state driver's licenses and other forms of identification that comply with federal requirements borne out of 9/11 security concerns. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Mysteries of sex at the DMV

Members of the D.C. Council are sometimes puzzled by why the rest of the country doesn't take seriously their schemes to make Washington the 51st state. As city-states go, the District of Columbia is neither Florence nor Venice. Published July 6, 2017

The wolf at the door

The Children's Hour at the White House is over, and it's time to get serious about North Korea. The consequences that nobody wants to think about are finally at hand. The peril is great and the hour is late. Published July 5, 2017

President Trump and the first lady Melania Trump wave from the Air Force One upon their arrival Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Trump arrived in Poland ahead of an outdoor address in Warsaw on Thursday and energy talks with European leaders. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Independence Day for affordable energy

Donald Trump has called the last week of June as Energy Week, but if the trend holds 2017 could be remembered as Energy Year. Americans love exploiting the gasoline abundance that emboldened Fourth of July holiday drivers to hit the road in record numbers. When the brakes are released, the great American economic machine is ready to gas up and take off. Published July 5, 2017

Closure Trump's opportunity

The impending possibility of a government shutdown due to the failure of Congress to raise the debt limit presents an interesting opportunity for President Trump. Published July 5, 2017

Famous and inane for 15

Decades ago, in an especially prescient moment, Andy Warhol declared, "In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." His forecast has virtually become reality. In this age of electronic communication, when billions have access to hand-held or desktop devices that allow them to communicate the mundanity of their own, everyday lives, hundreds of millions do so. Published July 5, 2017

Trump a modern Einstein?

Albert Einstein is generally regarded as one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century. His efforts to convince President Franklin D. Roosevelt to research and develop the atomic bomb almost certainly saved the lives of a million American servicemen and -women who would have perished in the planned invasion of Japan. Published July 4, 2017

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let mourning doves be

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) just voted in favor of a proposal to open a shooting season on mourning doves in our state ("Michigan hunters take aim at sandhill cranes, mourning doves," Web, July 1). Mourning doves have been protected in Michigan for over a century. There is no reason to shoot them. They have very little meat on them, and they have no overpopulation issue. The only reason to shoot them is target practice. Mourning doves are hard-to-hit targets, so there is a high (30 percent) wounding rate. Doves do not need to be "managed" by a shooting season since they have a natural mortality rate of 50 or 60 percent. Published July 4, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Living with Putin

Marcus Wolf, the East German intelligence operative who managed to put a Soviet spy in West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's bed, isn't much impressed by Vladimir Putin. Mr. Wolf scoffed at Mr. Putin's claim that he lived in Dresden for 15 years as the liaison between the Soviet KGB and Communist East Germany's spies. Mr. Putin couldn't have been that important, he said, if he had not known him. Published July 4, 2017

From left, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY, Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., gather in unity to speak out against President Donald Trump's tweet about a female cable TV anchor during a news conference, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Earlier, Pelosi called it "so beneath the dignity of the president of the United States to engage in such behavior." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The dilemma of the Democrats

Despite all she can do about it, Nancy Pelosi looks less like a bird of paradise than an albatross. The Ancient Mariner would recognize her in a San Francisco minute. Losing that special election in Georgia, which the Democrats had counted on to give them momentum heading into the midterm congressional elections next year, was the last of several bitter disappointments. Published July 4, 2017

A copy of the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Published July 3, 2017

'Stuff' no substitute for liberty

Today we recognize the Declaration of Independence, which essentially defines the American dream: inalienable natural rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution establishes a government embodying these rights by promoting general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty. Published July 3, 2017

Trump can change Washington

You get a better sense of a person when in his or her presence -- even when sitting six rows away. President Trump is very much an alpha male. That alone is reason enough to upset the left. To the political left, masculinity, like patriotism, is better left locked up in the past. Published July 3, 2017

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A crazy capital summer

Another day, another breach of civility and manners. Donald Trump lashes out at a television tag team for throwing spitballs at him. Yawn. The president's press agent trades insults, or at least schoolyard yahs-yahs, with a reporter at the White House. Maxine Waters, having given up on impeachment, now wants to send the president into exile, where she does not say, but either Upper or Lower Slobbovia would do. Published July 2, 2017

In this Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, from left, Brad Steinle, Liz Sullivan and Jim Steinle, the brother, mother and father of Kate Steinle who was shot to death on a pier, listen to their attorneys speak during a news conference on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Sanctuary for the law-abiding

Anniversaries can be an occasion for remembrance and celebration, but some recall only pain and regrets. Saturday marked two years since Kate Steinle was slain on a stroll with her father on the San Francisco waterfront by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. This is an anniversary marked by the passage, in the U.S. House of Representatives, of legislation called Kate's Law, to prevent such tragedies. No one gets a guarantee that life won't include a raw deal, but no one should be a victim to an uninvited and lawless "guest." Published July 2, 2017

A lot to hide

The constant attacks on President Trump since he won the election is the result of several realizations among the political left, and there is a need to bring him down before he can get started. The leftists employed nationally to disrupt campuses and streets alike, coupled with a conspiring media and a tainted political class, have been brought to bear with full measure. Published July 2, 2017

Stop carb stuffing

Ever hear of grain-fed or "finished" beef? It is common practice for a farmer to increase the ratio of grain to forage to fatten up ruminant animals before slaughter. Nowhere in "Third of American pets simply too fat" (Page I, June 28) is it mentioned that what these pets eat might be the problem. Instead the reader is invited to the latest take on "eat less, move more." Published July 2, 2017