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Trump bets on Russian vote

Donald Trump's pro-Putin perspective on Syria puts him at odds with his own running mate and most every other politician observing Russian tactics ("After testy VP debate, Trump rebuffs claim he 'loves' Putin," Web, Oct. 5). Does the Donald know something the rest of the Western world doesn't? Published October 12, 2016

Trump still better than Clinton

Donald Trump is the one to vote for. Let him cast the first stone who have never had an inappropriate thought or made a lewd comment. Published October 11, 2016

This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Boo-boo by Yahoo

Freedom, among other good things, is the right to be left in peace. But with privacy under assault, it's a right frequently and eagerly trampled. With many of their personal transactions conducted online, Americans are learning that their private business is being vacuumed up without their knowledge. Published October 11, 2016

Both candidates have truth aversion

We know that many politicians make promises they cannot keep and they typically use manipulative and ambiguous language to hide their true ideas and feelings. They hope the public will forget their false statements. Published October 11, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for photos after speaking at a rally at Miami Dade College in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Hillary in her own words

Nobody much trusts Hillary Clinton. The public-opinion polls have shown that for months. Even her supporters concede that she's self-centered and given to patronize nearly everybody — Donald Trump-like, you might say. Millions of Americans just don't like her. Pity the country with a leader whom nobody likes or trusts. Published October 11, 2016

Trump campaign dead in water?

Watching last Sunday night's presidential debate, I couldn't help but think I was witnessing a 'dead man walking' — and not because of the lewd, disgusting comments Donald Trump made about women in 2005. For the second time in a row, Republican candidate Trump flunked the commander-in-chief test. Basically his answers about Russia, Aleppo and Syria in general not only were uninspiring, they were woefully underwhelming. Published October 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Ambridge, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The real 'P' word is policy, Stupid

Only the blind couldn't see this coming. Hillary Clinton's primary claim to the White House has always been about sex: "It's time for a woman in the White House." Her most loyal constituency is the feminist movement. She would need an October surprise that would play a female card with devastating consequences, to sway uncommitted women to seal her victory. She found the card, played it, and the election still hangs in the balance. Published October 10, 2016

Don't vote for 'lesser evil'

In the republic of the United States of America, we elect local representatives to the legislative branch to vote their conscience on issues of national importance. Why? Because we cannot all be a part of every decision. Many of us are frustrated when those representatives politicize their votes in Washington, regardless of the reason. Published October 10, 2016

In this Sept. 27, 2016 photo, Haitians make their way towards the border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. officials say about 5,000 Haitians showed up at San Ysidro from October 2015 through late last month, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana said at a recent congressional hearing that officials told her on a trip to Central America that 40,000 more were on their way. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

When the border door is put ajar

The nation hardly faces the threat that Abraham Lincoln beheld when, referring to the angst over slavery, he said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." The survival of the union was at stake. But the front door to the union has been deliberately put open by President Obama, and that's danger enough. Published October 10, 2016

Don't be fooled by Hamas

A terrorist rocket attack from Gaza last Wednesday, Oct. 5, landed in the Israeli town of Sderot. The Islamic State claimed responsibility and said it was part of their "Jihad against Jews." The rocket left a scorched crater in the road while the blast shattered windows of homes and shrapnel damaged cars in the street nearby. Published October 9, 2016

FILE- In this July 29, 2015, file photo, protestors gather outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn. Palmer killed Cecil, a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Palmer participated in an interview Sunday, Sept. 6, in which he disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and said he would be back at work within days. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

An outrage in the jungle

Cecil the lion was a metaphor for our times, barely remembered now in the wake of the violence that spawns so much hysteria and outrage. But he was big once. Published October 9, 2016

Sick of Clinton 'coincidences'

It has become astonishingly clear that the only Obama-Biden accomplishment during the duo's entire second term has been to hire as many former Clinton staffers as possible. It's as if Hillary and Bill Clinton are already president. Published October 9, 2016

With Hurricane Matthew still far off the coast, people party at the Elbo Room bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Dozens of people joined in the festivities and others jogged or swam in the rough surf as Matthew appeared headed well north of the city. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

When the big wind blows

Hurricanes are exciting, even if deadly, but not even Katrina was half as exciting as the television coverage of a big blow. The weather is to Entertainment News what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are to the supermarket tabloids. Published October 9, 2016

Replace 'broken' representation

We now have a small window of opportunity to decide what to do with our broken Congress: Fix it or replace it? Just as a car that gets old and broken calls for this kind of decision, every American voter needs to decide what we must do to keep our country running. Published October 6, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Pueblo, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

A last chance for Donald Trump

Donald Trump was having a pretty good night in his first debate with Hillary Clinton until he lost his focus on the economy. "It's the economy, Stupid," was an invention of Bubba's first campaign, and it's good advice for anyone running for president. Published October 6, 2016

U.S. should set example

For five long years, Syrian residents have been suffering on an epic scale. At least 250,000 people have been killed, and many of the survivors are starving and homeless. Embattled people immigrate to the United States, not just for a better future -- but any future. Published October 6, 2016

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a campaign event at the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19 Hall, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

When the checkers miss the facts

Fact-checking has become such a growth industry in the media that sometimes busy fact-checkers overlook the obvious, such as Tim Kaine's attempt to rewrite his history as mayor of Richmond. He boasted in his debate with Mike Pence that he had cut Richmond's frightening murder rate in half by relying on "community policing." His record, as he presented it, sounds good. But he knew better. Published October 6, 2016

Rethink Hyde Amendment

Rep. Chris Smith's "The life-saving amendment" (Web, Sept. 29) is riddled with myths and misinformation about the Hyde Amendment, a 40-year-old policy that politicians use to deny abortion coverage to low-income women. Published October 5, 2016

Peres' grave mistake

President Obama's eulogy at the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who died last week at the age of 93, was exceptionally moving, profound and visionary. It was probably one of the better speeches he has given during his presidency. It also demonstrated the positive impact Peres had on so many world leaders and personalities. Published October 5, 2016

Sen. Lindsey Graham.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Surrender of the roll-over Republicans

The roll-over Republicans in the U.S. Senate are hard at work now, not in support of their party's presidential candidate, but in putting the champagne on ice for November 9, when they imagine that the revolt of the peasants against the party's elites will have been put down once and for all. Published October 5, 2016