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Media must do its job

Malcolm X said: “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” For over three years we’ve been told by the mainstream media that Donald Trump is a Russian asset and that he colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. Though the Mueller report found no evidence of any such collusion, the Democratic establishment in Washington is unable to understand how it lost in 2016. Surely Trump had help.

Stop impeachment hogwash

“Hogwash” is the kitchen refuse given to hogs, and it has come to mean ‘ludicrously false statements.’ A lot of it is currently being dumped on Americans regarding the Ukraine inquiry. The lie is that politicians have obtained certainty by reading another person’s mind. This is an evil baby step toward the world’s worst evil.

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Whites don't all assume privilege

As a counseling psychologist and chief of vocational rehabilitation and counseling for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, I counseled many white, service-connected veterans for more than 33 years — and never once heard anyone from this population suggest they were entitled to anything. Granted, some white people may feel entitled by birthright, but tell that to the white majority that makes up the largest percentage, by race, on the poverty index and homeless population in California and New York.

Soccer team has free speech, too

As a longtime sports fan and former athlete, I was disappointed to read your July 14 editorial ("How not to win friends," Web). You assert that the U.S. women's national soccer team's vocal political protests are unpatriotic and damaging to the sport's reputation. In reality, the willingness of the U.S. women's national team to stand up for their political beliefs is embedded in American cultural history.

'AOC' could learn from McConnell

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez protesting a photo of some adolescent supporters wearing Mitch McConnell t-shirts while groping and pretending to choke a cardboard cutout of the constant fame seeker is about as genuine as her economic expertise ("Ocasio-Cortez rips 'Team Mitch' supporters shown choking, groping cutout of her," Web, Aug. 6). Which is to say, nil.

'Red flag' laws would kill U.S.

In the wake of the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the big answer to gun violence that is coming out of Washington is "red flag" laws, which allow government law enforcement to kick in your doors without warning or a search warrant and confiscate your guns. This will be done in the name of "public safety."

Laws don't stop evil

As we emerge from a weekend defined by two horrendous mass shootings, I listen to the commentators trying to explain "why." I think the best overarching answer was provided by our second president, John Adams, in 1798: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Don't take USPS' word for it

"Reforming the Postal Service" (Web, July 28) points to USPS' shipping and package capabilities as its one redeeming quality amid the agency's rapidly growing losses. USPS' $143 billion in total unfunded liabilities and debt are disregarded as an afterthought -- and apparently so are the nation's taxpayers who may be forced to save the organization.

Teach dangers of hatred

If the president and Congress believe strong background checks on prospective purchasers of guns will be sufficient to stem the increasing terrorist attacks, they are naive ("Trump on guns: Republicans and Dems must come together and 'get strong background checks,'" Web, Aug. 5). The strongest driving force for these massacres has been an unrestricted Internet, over which there is little chance of control.

Without controls, breakdown

There have been two more shootings, and once again the progressive left is blaming the usual suspects: White men, the NRA and firearms. White men are just men, nothing more or less. Being white or black or any other color is meaningless not only in regard to violence, but any other smokescreen the left throws up. Odd, isn't it, that when we talk about "mass shootings" white men get the blame, but when the "mass shootings" are in our largest cities, run by Democrats, and happen every week, progressives look the other way — without blaming men of any other color.

Democratic Party unrecognizable

The second round of Democratic primary debates between 20 officially announced candidates should make both Jewish and non-Jewish voters concerned about the future of our great nation. Candidates refused to criticize fellow Democrats who equate holding facilities for illegal immigrants with the Holocaust. Six million of my Jewish ancestors did not voluntarily attempt to enter into Nazi concentration camps. They did not offer to dress in rags, be slowly starved to death, perform voluntary slave labor and be gassed to death in crematoriums.

Data isn't racist

Law professor Gail Heriot is right to point out that, due to different life experiences, different racial groups have different rates of misbehavior in school ("Threatening teachers' ability to control their classrooms," Web, July 30).

Parents, not ICE, the lousy ones

Many celebrities are voicing heartbreak over children being separated from parents and family members as they cross into our country illegally, then ask for help at the border. Actress Alyssa Milano was seen crying and begging for someone to do more to help the minors who are placed in facilities while being processed. I believe her heart is in the right place, but does she think decent people bring their children here in this way? Only a sociopath would suddenly jerk their little kids away from grandmothers, cousins, friends, schools, homes, beds and toys just to force the tender young souls across a continent into a foreign country.

Solve Baltimore problems locally

I live in Southwest Baltimore, just a few miles from Pratt and Monroe streets, or ground zero in the current left/right controversy. There you will find rats, mice, bed bugs and trash, including used hypodermic needles. (You'll find them in other areas of Baltimore, too.) I see rats in my backyard from time to time. When it gets cold in the winter time the mice find a way in my house. You'll find this in most major cities in America and not a few around the world.

'Racist' canard losing power

Leon Trotsky was among the first to use the word "racism" for political purposes. Were he around today, you can bet he would use the strategy the left is using today: calling out as racist whomever they wish and getting enough people to believe it, thereby ending any debate. It's a strategy well taught in Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals," that bible for the far left.

Produce supposed 'evidence'

I watched the loathsome interview given by the Democrats after the Mueller testimony, and heard Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler say they will be subpoenaing more people in the search for evidence to impeach President Trump.

Trump right to slam Cummings

President Trump's attack on Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings for the rat-infested conditions of Baltimore (in Mr. Cummings' district) is a well-deserved slam against the Democratic representative for the filth and abhorrent health situation in that city ("Trump: Cummings 'should investigate himself' for 'stolen or wasted' Baltimore funds," Web, July 30). In another Democrat-governed city, Los Angeles, the high rate of homelessness and other lousy conditions are leading to the emergence of the bubonic plague.

USPS needs less government

The title of a recent Times editorial is "Reforming the Postal Service" (Web, July 28) — and boy, does the U.S. Postal Service ever need reform. One area where it can begin is efficiency. Thanks to the masterminds at USPS, I may get double charged by my cable company because USPS cannot deliver bills on time. I mailed a payment two weeks ago — way ahead of the deadline — and it has still not arrived, according to my cable company. This is the third time this year that I have had problems mailing payments through USPS.

Party that couldn't shoot straight

The get-Trump mania pretty much began when Hillary Clinton threw her notorious snit fit, refusing to concede that she had her political can kicked through the uprights from midfield by a brash, non-professional-but-better-organized outsider in the 2016 presidential election.

Should Trump consider pardons?

I believe that President Trump would be well served to offer presidential pardons to all those criminally involved in what has be dubbed "the Russia hoax." Such a pardon would be dependent on six conditions: 1) The perpetrators acknowledge guilt 2) They accept a sentence 3) They decline appeals 4) They go public with all information 5) They appear before a tribunal, either congressional or grand jury, and 6) They testify against others.

Death-penalty call the right one

Attorney General William Barr's recent directive to reinstate the federal death penalty process is not only warranted but also politically astute in light of Joe Biden's recent announcement that he now opposes the federal death penalty ("Yes, a close moral call — but Trump's right to restore death penalty," Web, July 25).

Banana-republic judicial reasoning

I noticed with interest the importance that so many on the political left put on former special counsel Robert Mueller stating that he had not exonerated the president ("Mueller tells Congress report doesn't exonerate Trump," Web, July 24). Mr. Mueller testifed that "we did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime" since they "never started the process" of evaluating the charge.