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Gov. Ron DeSantis, of Florida, watches the foursome matches during the Walker Cup golf tournament at the Seminole Golf Club on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Juno Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ** FILE **

Florida Gov. DeSantis defies critics, stands for freedoms

- The Washington Times

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is on a roll. On Wednesday, Mr. DeSantis said he will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing their masks or socially distancing. He delivered the news live during a Fox News interview where a couple, who own a gym in Broward County, were facing jail-time for allowing their patrons not to wear masks while exercising.

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Defunding the police is defrauding our communities

Two months ago, I gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House. It was about H.R. 1280, the “George Floyd Justice In Policing Act,” that would criminalize chokeholds, ban no-knock warrants and overrule “qualified immunity,” among other provisions.

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President Joe Biden boards Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Biden's muted response to Israel is indefensible

- The Washington Times

As thousands of rocket attacks indiscriminately rain down on Israel from Hamas, President Joseph R. Biden's defense of our democratic ally has been muted at best, as others within his party openly question the U.S.'s steadfast loyalty to Israel. Democrats, in their misguided prioritization of social-justice causes and a renewed deal with Iran, are undercutting Israel's sovereignty and undermining our national security. It's indefensible.

In this Nov. 6, 2020, photo, The Supreme Court is seen as sundown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Expanding the right to self-defense

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution consists of only 27 words, yet arguments over their meaning fill volumes that cause bookshelves to groan under their load of legal argle-bargle. A reinvigorated era of assault on firearms encouraged by President Biden is already worsening the weight. The outcomes of numerous legal challenges are likely to determine whether owning and carrying a gun remains an American right or is reclassified as a wrong.

Biden unfit for office

I have heard our president and top immigration official state that our southern border "is closed." At the same time, I watch videos of illegals streaming unchecked into our country. Our president is ignoring laws that are in existence now, and may have been supported by him years ago. Does that make him inept, incompetent or just plain stupid? I don't know, but none is acceptable from a president. When a bathtub overflows, you first shut off the water. Letting unchecked illegals walk into our country is plain stupidity.

CRT does Black students a disservice

I always ask, "How does this happen?" whenever we learn that school boards have decided to include controversial curricula without parental input or consent ("Critical race propaganda," Web, May 6). Even more shocking is the fact that my tax dollars are being offered as an incentive to school districts. This type of so-called education demonstrates negligence at the highest levels. I can't understand how what is considered the best education system in the world continues to be shifted in a direction that has nothing with developing our students to compete in a global economy.

Free-lunch scheme will boost 'big food'

You know that something is very rotten, food-wise, when not only the American Heart Association (the most corrupt medical institution ever), plus the nutrition departments of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition starts claiming to have good nutrition as their driver. All of these entities are basically owned by the large food companies.

A Citgo station is seen out of gas, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Dallas, Ga. Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, halted operations last week after revealing a cyberattack that it said had affected some of its systems. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Biden energy policies choking us all at the gas pump

If you ask trained, educated economists about the American economy, they will tell you a wide variety of indicators and theories on why they believe said economy is performing well or poorly. If you ask the average American about it instead, one single factor will affect their opinion perhaps more than any other. That factor is the price of gasoline.

President Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks on updated guidance on mask mandates, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden, resident dictator? Come and get me, coppa

- The Washington Times

President Biden in a tweet gave Americans the choice to either "get vaccinated" or "wear a mask." As if he were the dictator and Americans were his subjects. "The rule is now simple," @POTUS tweeted. "[G]et vaccinated or wear a mask until you do." Or else what?

Jockey John Velazquez, left, watches as trainer Bob Baffert holds up the winner's trophy after they victory with Medina Spirit in the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ** FILE **

It's well past time for horse racing to clean out the cheaters

- Associated Press

Even if one of Bob Baffert's myriad excuses for a positive drug test at the Kentucky Derby somehow passes muster -- to hear him tell it, he's the innocent victim of A) cancel culture pervading the nation, B) a groom who relieved himself in the barn, C) a veterinarian who prescribed the drug in question, or D) the dog ate his homework, we presume -- there is no chance of him getting his reputation back.

May saner Democrats prevail

I can't believe how much the Democrats dislike America and its citizens. They are irresponsible bordering on criminal with their destruction of the economy and our national security. They are facilitating open borders by encouraging hundreds of thousands of illegals to cross into our country. They are aiding both human and drug trafficking and expediting a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are closing our gas pipelines, making us dependent on foreign countries.

Welcome, Chief Davis

There is a new chief in town. How fortunate Fairfax County is to have Kevin Davis as its new police chief. Chief Davis is an excellent choice. He is highly experienced in the law-enforcement and public-safety arenas and is a well-educated, street-savvy, bright professional with keen insight into people and situations.