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The U.S. must prioritize competition with China

Clifford May is right to suggest that the competition between the United States and China will be determined by will. But it will also be determined by the ability of the U.S. to focus and prioritize, including with respect to its defense posture (“Beijing’s strategy for Cold War,” Web, Dec. 1)

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OSHA has nothing to do with vaccines

The Biden administration is using the Occupational Safety and Health Act to implement its vaccine mandate, which affects all companies employ over 100 people. This implementation is a complete transmutation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is intended to remove or avoid physical hazards in the workplace, such as unsafe steps or rails. It has nothing to do with vaccines.

Rittenhouse acted in self-defense

Kyle Rittenhouse's prosecuting attorney, Thomas Binger, does not deserve a license to practice law. When someone is pointing a gun right in your face, since when do you have to wait until they pull the trigger before you can defend yourself ("Rittenhouse testifies that the first man he shot threatened to kill him," Web, Nov. 9)? Rittenhouse was merely exercising a constitutional right, granted by the Second Amendment. If he had not killed those two violent gang members who were trying to kill him, he would not be here to defend himself in a court of law. Next case.

Effective medications exist

Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch has said that 80% to 85% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented by giving outpatients early treatment with available medications. COVID-19 deaths so far have been estimated at 750,000. Eighty-five percent of that comes to 637,500, which is approximately the traditional estimate of military fatalities during the Civil War, counting both sides.

Pollutants must go somewhere

As individual consumers, far too many of us still recklessly behave as though throwing non-biodegradable garbage down a dark chute and spewing emissions from sky-high jet engines and very tall smoke stacks means pollutants somehow get safely absorbed into the environment. We seem to think we're inconsequentially dispensing of that waste into a black-hole singularity, where it gets compressed into nothing.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Natural immunity not a vaccine

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has joined the chorus of those seeking to justify the Biden administration's vaccine mandate by reminding us that George Washington once mandated smallpox inoculation for the Continental Army. Murtha recently invoked Washington's memory on ABC's "This Week" saying: "Throughout our history, we have seen that we have used vaccine requirements to protect the population. It started back with George Washington, in fact, when he required troops be inoculated for smallpox."

Water, vapor dictate temperature

I enjoyed Ronald Kessler's "Biden's climate fraud" (Web, Nov. 9), but there's an elephant in the room worth mentioning. Carbon dioxide particles are present in Earth's atmosphere at the rate of 419 per million, or .04 percent. But what other particles are present in the atmosphere, in those 999,581 particles per million? In checking, I learned that those particles are water or water vapor at 99.96% of Earth's atmosphere. It is they -- and not the carbon dioxide particles -- that actually control the planet's temperature. I also learned that humankind only contributes a small portion of those 419 parts per million of carbon dioxide.

Rodgers didn't lie

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and, like comedian Joe Rogan, acted quickly to take (gasp!) ivermectin, which detractors call a "horse dewormer" unfit for humans. Baloney! The Food and Drug Administration has approved it for human use. This amazing drug has saved hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide, a fact that escapes our biased media.

What about left's Russia lies?

The latest Durham indictment reveals clearly for all to see that every bit of the so-called Russian dossier were lies, manufactured to intentionally inflict damage upon candidate Trump, illegally interfere with a federal election and oust him once he became president ("Durham wins over toughest critic with revelations of Dem scheme behind Trump-Russia probe," Web, Nov. 8).

It's the wokeness, stupid

At last there is a voice of common sense coming from the left, as Democratic political consultant James Carville -- husband of Republican political consultant Mary Matalin -- recently commented that wokeness is a national problem for Democrats ("The Democratic Party's image weakens," Web, Nov. 4). And Carville is humorously correct in saying that the Democratic party needs a woke detox center. Unfortunately, those like "AOC," who are deeply invested in woke culture, cannot see that it is a genuine deterrent to voters.

Government hardly doing its job

When are people going to wise up to the fact that our government has become little more than a criminal money-laundering organization? Billions and billions disappear each year from more programs than any one person could imagine. Is life getting better for Americans?

What's age got to do with it?

Is the human life cycle a continuum with stages that have no clear dividing points? It certainly appears to be. From the moment we're conceived, the process of development evolves and keeps evolving until interrupted by death. There is a clear mile post from the mother's perspective when birth occurs. However, for the developing human, birth merely involves moving into a different environment.

Beware placing politics above God

If one can trust what Joe Biden shared about his recent time with the Pope, you would think the two agreed that the most important threat to human life is climate change, and that the matters of abortion, supporting the nuclear family and murder in the streets of America never came up at all. With Biden supporting the lies of the Obama administration and his own long list of mistruths, I can hardly believe anything he says.

Incompetent or scheming?

Biden is either the most incompetent, politically tone-deaf president in history or he is part of a diabiolical strategy to finish what Obama started: to fundamentally transform America. The crisis at the border; breathing new life into the Taliban while arming them; inflation; shortages COVID-19 insanity; and weaponizing the Department of Justice to go after parents who oppose using racism as a teaching tool. It's all madness. And now Biden wants to turn illegal immigrant families separated at the border into lottery winners, with cash awards that will exceed what a Gold Star family receives for losing a loved one killed in battle.

The perils of blind allegiance

Why do the vast majority of Democratic voters continue to support President Biden? The majority of conservatives would have recoiled from President Trump and abandoned their famed political leader if he had caused similar crises.

A fetus is a human, period

Abortion tears at the social fabric of our society like no other issue, and it requires proponents to avert their gaze from the obvious ("Supreme Court takes up Texas law banning most abortions," Web, Nov. 1). For instance, prenatal development is a continuum with no clear, defining feature distinguishing embryo from fetus other than a human-made definitional one.

Corporate cash isn't bottomless, Joe

All corporate profits in America in 2020 totaled $2.24 trillion. Biden's first spending plan will end up being around $2 trillion. This will be followed by more spending of approximately $5 trillion. And Biden says big corporations are going to pay for it.

A nation is a terrible thing to waste

Right now I can't even imagine what America will look like the next 36 weeks, much less 36 months -- but rest assured the next presidential election will come, and when it does I hope we'll still have something resembling a Constitution.