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Illustration on boards overseeing the police by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Are police oversight boards the best solution?

Police oversight boards, also known as civilian oversight boards or police accountability boards, have gained popularity in recent years, with a tremendous surge in the last month-and-a-half.

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, a man holds a sign during a rally to show support for Uighurs and their fight for human rights in Hong Kong. People from western China who are targets of a Chinese government crackdown say they have been threatened and harassed in the United States. Those fleeing the crackdown on the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group typically receive U.S. asylum. But Uighurs tell The Associated Press and human rights groups they still afraid amid threats aimed at them and their families back in China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

America must ease the plight of the Uighurs in China

When we discovered in 1945 the atrocities that reigned during the Holocaust, we pledged: “Never again.” Now we have a chance to act on that promise. Chinese officials are attempting to suppress the population of the Uighurs.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the "Forward Together, Building a Stronger Chicago" report from the city's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force at the South Shore Cultural Center, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Madam mayors, save the Black children

- The Washington Times

At the risk of sounding sexist, I’ve put Miss Bowser and a few other female mayors on the spot because of the violence this past holiday weekend — a weekend when family, food and fun posed what? A triple threat?

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Kanye West and the great PPP bamboozle

- The Washington Times

Kanye West is a billionaire -- and not the quiet kind. The loud, look-at-me, I've got a billion bucks to my name kind. The bragging, boasting, I-just-confirmed-a-deal-for-a mega-mansion-in-Wyoming kind. He's also the recipient of a multimillion dollar taxpayer-funded PPP business loan. Call it the great PPP bamboozle.

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 1973, file photo, McGraw Hall stands on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Cornell's president announced that it will welcome students back to campus, an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health. (AP Photo/Jonathan Jay Fink)

Colleges put profit before safety during COVID-19 pandemic, at great cost

As of this writing, daily coronavirus case counts are over 30,000, a country-wide level we haven't seen since April. This past Thursday, we set a single-day record of nearly 60,000 new cases. Hospitals in many parts of the United States are exceeding capacity. Many states have hit "pause" on their re-opening plans. Some are re-closing. So, whether we like it or not, it's time to accept that infections are surging. Lord knows what the landscape will look like after the July 4th weekend.

Lennon had a spiritual side, too

As a life-long Beatles fan, I enjoyed Robert Knight's witty response to the notion that John Lennon's song, "Imagine" become a candidate for our new national anthem ("Left-wing activist wants to replace 'Star-Spangled Banner' with Lennon's 'Imagine,'" Web, July 3). I agree with him that "Imagine" might not be the best choice, since it eschews nationalism. But a composition from Lennon is worth considering. Lennon always loved America. He gained permanent residency in 1976 with hopes of becoming a citizen. It was through Beatles music that many White Americans learned about the marvelous array of Black artists in their own country, from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Smokey Robinson and Arthur Alexander.

Follow the money

In "How China and Jeff Bezos benefit from BLM protests, businesses burned and monuments destroyed" (Web, June 29) Richard W. Rahn details how, over the past 30 or so years, the Chinese, Russian and Iranian governments have sought to influence American elections through the teaching and passing out of communist materials on college campuses. He indicates that following the money trail of those supporting the publication and distribution of these materials will lead to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Black Lives Matter.

Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Countdown 1945'

Before there were baby boomers there were baby bombers. I was one of them, the cohort of kids who came along just as World War II was ending and the Nuclear Age was beginning.

Chasing Away Votes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Trump can win the small business vote

Winning the small business vote for President Trump shouldn't be that difficult. But, because of President Trump, it is. If he sticks to his policies and downplays his foolishness he would be much more appealing.

Illustration on African American community self examination by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Black America can do to end inequality

There are three things that can be done to improve the lot of African-Americans in the country that only they can do. The rest of us can help and support, but we cannot do it for them.

ISIS Infiltration of New York Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

ISIS can see there's no police in New York City

Shootings in New York City are up an astounding 358 percent. Not a typo. There are now 600 fewer cops on the streets of the city, which have suddenly become a lot more dangerous.

Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson, left, tries to break free of Washington Redskins' Quinton Dunbar during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ** FILE **

DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts show troubling double standard

- The Washington Times

Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson went on social media and posted some outrageous anti-Semitic comments attributed to Adolph Hitler and the response from the collective in the left-leaning media and activist and political worlds was: yawn. Oh Democrats, thy name is hypocrisy. Where is the loud leftist calls for apology?

In this Monday, March 9, 2020, file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, second left, director-general of the World Health Organization, speaks during a news conference on updates regarding the new coronavirus at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. At left is Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies program, and at third left is Maria van Kerkhove, technical lead of WHO's Health Emergencies program. Two days later, the WHO declared the new coronavirus a pandemic, suggesting the disease is spreading across the globe unchecked. WHO staffers debated how to press China for gene sequences and detailed patient data without angering authorities, worried about losing access and getting Chinese scientists into trouble. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Scientists long ago exhausted their COVID-19 capital

- The Washington Times

Hundreds of scientists have joined forces and penned a letter to the World Health Organization chiefs to get an official, authoritative ruling that the new coronavirus is airborne, meaning transmitted by breathing contaminated air. Well, ba dum dum on that. Salt, meet grain. Why should we listen to these charlatans any longer?

The logo and building of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 15 April 2020.  (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  **FILE**

The fudging of pandemic facts: China dithered, WHO dissembled and Americans died

Absolving a transgression requires the guilty party to fess up and make amends for the misdeed. Cleaning the slate also means practicing better behavior going forward. With fitting dispatch, disease experts in China and the World Health Organization (WHO) are addressing a fresh health peril brewing in China. Bravo, but these overseers of medical mayhem still owe the world — and the United States in particular — redress for their failures in repelling the current coronavirus pandemic. All should not yet be forgiven and forgotten.

Honor minorities in name change

In the past I have opposed a Washington Redskins name change ("With Redskins name change looming, pressure mounts for total rebranding," Web, July 5). However, it is clear that such a change is inevitable. Therefore, I offer two possibilities for a new moniker.