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No excuse for Tourette’s joke

The op-ed originally headlined “Democrats sputter lies like they have Tourette’s syndrome” (Web, Sept. 13), written by Cheryl K. Chumley, was offensive and rude to those with Tourette’s syndrome. Would The Washington Times be OK with publishing articles poking fun at neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, ALS or Parkinson’s disease? How would readers feel about something like “Politicians must have Alzheimer’s because they can’t remember the promises they made” or “That politician squirmed in their seat like she was having an epileptic seizure”? I have a feeling The Times would never publish such sentences because they are absolutely inappropriate and offensive to large groups of people living with conditions that affect them physically, mentally and emotionally.

Rebuild missile defense

“Toward a cost-effective ballistic missile defense” (Web, Sept. 19) is important and factually accurate, but sadly is unlikely to change U.S. policy. As the director general for U.K. cooperation with the SDI program, I worked closely with the first three directors of the American program: James Abrahamson, George Monahan and Henry Cooper. We all agreed that the only effective ABM defense would have to be space-based.

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Treason will be punished

Treason is a crime we identify as against the government -- but when the agenda becomes a personal assault, it takes on a whole new set of terms. The management at the top of the FBI and Justice Department must have thought they were wearing capes, that they were indestructible. These rogue patriots likely rose to the top because of their investigative skills, but they make lousy criminals.

Trump economy soaring

The greatest story of 2018 is the President Trump economic boom. The boom is making the American military strong again and it is effectively leading in the world. The boom also makes it possible to establish a new military space service branch, which will make America dominant in space and the leader in space technology and the development of new weapons.

Garnish foreign aid for wall

Taxpaying citizens of the United States foot the bill for the financial aid to foreign countries via their tax dollars to the federal government. Perhaps, then, one way to have Mexico help the pay for that wall President Trump wants built would be to give Mexico a mere 2 percent of the usual total amount of financial aid we give it — every year until the cost of the wall is paid off.

KKK insignificant

There are between 5,000 and 8,000 Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members today, distributed in nearly 180 different Klan factions (or chapters), according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most of these chapters are located in the southern region of the U.S. This hate group, organised in 1865, used to have about 4 million members in 1925, when it was at its largest.

Turkey's no friend now

Turkey is a member of NATO and for many years was both an ally and a good friend of the United States. Unfortunately that is no longer true. Sadly, during the past 20 years the influence of Islamist leaders have changed the course of Turkey and most recently unjustifiably damaged religious freedom in that nation.

All should respect the flag

I am the son of non-U.S.-citizen parents who proudly said to me many times over, "That beautiful piece of red, white and blue hanging off that pole is your flag, not ours." During renditions of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with their right hands over their hearts. Those not in uniform should remove their head coverings with their right hands and hold them at their left shoulders, over their hearts. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and hold this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

When will Clintons pay?

Whence comes justice in the federal bureaucracy? When will Hillary Clinton be brought to justice for storing and exposing classified information on her private, unauthorized file server? When will she be held accountable for her pay-to-play ploy in the Uranium One transaction, whereby her unique role as secretary of State allowed Russia to rob 20 percent of American uranium stocks in exchange for huge donations to the Clinton Foundation and garnered her husband exorbitant speaking fees?

Radical left not morally superior

In recent times, many radical leftists have pretended to be paragons of virtue. They have condemned practices and policies of history (some of which were indeed despicable) and presented themselves as morally superior for having done so. I view this with disdain. The generations which preceded these self-anointed philosopher monarchs had to deal with evil: Slavery, Fascism, Communism and more. But what stikes me, an interested observer, the most is that these radicals have failed to condemn the epidemic of out-of-wedlock birth rates, the refusal of many elements to accept individual accountability (victimhood and a society-owes-me mentality), and the ruination of the nuclear family.

'Reinvention' or ruination?

During the Clinton administration, Vice President Al Gore proclaimed a goal of "reinventing government." President Obama proclaimed his goal of fundamentally transforming America.

Brennan not being muzzled

Our Democratic political leaders, including our own Sen. Mark Warner and former Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as many in the press, who rail against President Trump for "penalizing" and taking away the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan free speech are being disingenuous to the American public ("John Brennan on Trump: 'Claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash,'" Web, Aug. 16).

Brennan a traitor

As the maintream media questions President Trump's decision to pull former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, I question how a Communist and suspected Muslim convert was confirmed to the most secret job in the country ("Brennan first to fall as Trump kicks off review of Obama officials' access," Web, Aug. 15).

No 'peace' with murderers

The challenges noted in Danny Danon's op-ed "'Making peace is harder than making war,'" (Web, Aug. 10), which began by quoting PLO leader Yasser Arafat's infamous 1974 "olive branch and gun" speech, are underscored by the date on which it was published: The day after the anniversary of one of Israel's deadliest terror attacks.

Omarosa stories not news

As someone who studies rhetoric and the potential of messages to persuade, I am convinced that all the talk and media hype about Omarosa Manigault Newman and whether President Trump used the N-word won't change people's minds. Like so many other recent stories, this one is a distraction, deflecting attention from more important issues. Whether they will admit it or not, most Americans probably believe Mr. Trump has indeed used such derogatory and racist language. Moreover, those who are troubled by this already are strongly anti-Trump and those who aren't will not relinquish their support of the president.

No military weapons on streets

The controversy surrounding President Trump's military parade brings attention to the real and symbolic dangers of deploying military hardware, including combat weapons, military helicopters and heavy tracked vehicles, in American cities. However, these types of equipment are already being used by law enforcement agencies all over the country, often with little accountability or oversight.

Every life matters

A recent picture of this week's Lafayette Park rally appeared to be mostly young misled people accusing President Trump of being a fascist and bigot, while holding signs that read: "No place for Facism," "No hate, no KKK and no Nazis in the USA." I, despite being one of their so-called "deplorables," am certainly with them in terms of being against the above-mentioned hate groups. However, another sign on the far left of the photo caught my eye. It read: "Your grandkid will be multi-racial." So, what's wrong with that? Is it mixed religions the sign-holder has trouble with, or the fact that future children might not have blond hair and blue eyes?

Boot bad workers

Omarosa Manigault Newman is yet another example of someone who got caught abusing a government position and instead of admitting culpability and taking the consequences like a grown-up has decided to show the world she's a national security risk.

Media aren't doing their job

Is the press the enemy of the people? Well, we see hourly and daily that 90 percent of the mainstream press is the sworn enemy of President Trump, his administration and of their accomplishments.