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Pruden irreplaceable

What devastating news to read that Wesley Pruden passed away this week ("Washington Times editor, columnist Wesley Pruden dies at 83 after remarkable six-decade career," Web, July 18). Mr. Pruden may have been a "newspaperman," but he was also an extraordinary wordsmith. I read all of his columns beginning in 1982 and ending on Tuesday with his marvelous "The four noisy horseladies of the Apocalypse." There was never a Pruden column that didn't make me laugh, introduce me to a new word or explain an issue without politically weaponizing it!

'Squad' should get to work

There is a saying in the African-American community: "Don't start none, won't be none" ("The four noisy horseladies of the Apocalypse," Web, July 15). These four congresswomen — Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Pressley and Omar — have been accusing everyone of racism ever since they were sworn in, even calling Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a racist.

Condemn, remove anti-U.S. reps

Make no mistake: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley are indeed anti-American, pro-Islamist cheerleaders of those who wish us and our allies death and destruction. Ms. Omar's televised gushing praise and pride in al Qaeda cannot be written off as anything but what it was: A show of hate to America, an undisguised wink of thanks to terrorists and spit in the eye of those lost on Sept 11, 2001.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is holding the Apollo 50 Festival in honor of the lunar landing. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A sweltering tribute to the moon landing at 50

- The Washington Times

The temperature flirted with a very un-Moon-like 100 degrees, but that didn't stop hundreds of space-lovers from attending the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall.

Public grows fearful that America could lose its national identity

- The Washington Times

Amplified by the news media and partisan outcry, immigration has become a melodramatic vehicle for political posturing. This is not a happy thing. Drama usurps both problem-solving and productive compromise between Republicans and Democrats. It also tends to mask significant poll numbers which reveal public sentiments that are often lost in the hand-wringing and public accusations.

"Layover" by David Bell

BOOK REVIEW: 'Layiver'

Describing his life at the beginning of "Layover," Joshua Fields says, "I didn't connect with people I passed on my travels. We transacted things. Business. Commerce. Money."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveils the creation of Commission on Unalienable Rights, during an announcement at the US State Department in Washington, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Let's define human rights for the ages

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo caused a stir last week when he announced the creation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights at the State Department.

Illustration on reparations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The limits and hurdles of issuing reparations for slavery

Reparations for slavery have gained renewed momentum in recent months as Democratic presidential aspirants have endorsed the idea and a House Judiciary subcommittee conducted hearings on the issue in June.