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Navarro needs rebuke

Political commentator and fake Republican strategist Ana Navarro not only once called President Trump a “man-baby,” but in 2016 she tweeted: “Should Donald Trump drop out of the race? Yes. He should drop out of the human race. He is an animal. Apologies to animals.”

Fewer lowering the flag

I don’t know if I’m sad or angry. Some 20 to 40 years ago when our president ordered the American flag to half-mast, almost all flags were lowered in order to honor those the president was trying to honor. Today we are lucky if half the flags are lowered.

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Reinstate teaching about West

Although I have never been to Reed College, decades ago I attended another formerly excellent liberal arts school, Antioch College ("After protests, Oregon college revises curriculum to include more diverse texts," Web, Feb. 6). The truly outstanding liberal arts education I received at Antioch — including a course on critical thinking — leads to this letter.

FDR underused quotas

An official of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum claims that "deep anti-Semitism" among the American public in the 1930s was to blame for the fact that America's immigration quotas were never filled, even as hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees were fleeing Nazi Germany ("U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opens exhibition on American response to Nazism," Web, April 22).

Tillman death still in vain

Last weekend marked the 14th anniversary of the friendly fire killing of Cpl. Pat Tillman, a football hero and man of honor who gave up millions of dollars in potential earnings to serve his country.

Confirm Pompeo

That Mike Pompeo may have a problem being confirmed as secretary of State is another example of the usual obstruction by Democrats and the persistent nonsense exhibited by some Republicans.

Improve NATO forces now

President Trump has asked Europe's allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and started efforts to rebuild Europe's military readiness as NATO is standing up, lethal military aid is going to Ukraine and U.S. energy is going to Europe as an alternative to Gazprom.

Trump's foreign policy fix

Barack Obama spent eight years in the Oval Office hot seat convinced of his rectitude in all things big and small ("Trump seeks middle ground in foreign-policy balancing act," Web, April 18). Please forgive me if I do not join in the praise, especially on the foreign policy front. When Donald Trump became president we knew there would have to be a major cleanup on that aisle.

Humanism, Christ incompatible

Some argue that a "humanist" chaplain can effectively counsel a God-fearing Christian soldier. I would beg to differ "(Navy rejects 'non-theist' for chaplain corps; lawmakers warn against changing core mission," Web, March 27). A humanist believes that what humankind thinks is more important than what God wants us to do. This is the antithesis of Christianity. Christians attach prime importance to Christ, not man.

Include Taiwan in WHA

There is no reason for Taiwan to be excluded from the World Health Assembly, and 23 millions people in Taiwan should enjoy the same health rights as people everywhere else in the world.

GOP should defend Trump, party

Republican members of Congress claim that the media is their greatest enemy. It is possible, however, that an equal or more important foe is their unwillingness to defend themselves and President Trump.

Sports unite us all

Major League Baseball's honoring last weekend of the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson integrating the sport reminded me of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field and Hank Greenberg. It was a time when men and women of all ages, classes, races and religions commingled in the stands, rooting for Jackie Robinson and his teammates, regardless of their ethnic origin, game after game.

Bolton has work cut out

We can all agree with Martha McSally that the choice of John Bolton as President Trump's national security adviser is a good one ("America in good hands," Web, April 16). While applauding the choice, though, let us not go overboard in our praise too quickly. Mr. Bolton prepares to undertake a herculean task.

Comey's firing was overdue

Consider former FBI Director James F. Comey's demonstrations of "A Higher Loyalty" to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch. Mr. Comey complied with Ms. Lynch's urging that the Clinton email "investigation" be termed a "matter." Mr. Comey acceded to Peter Strzok's changing of Mr. Comey's description of Hillary Clinton's handling of highly classified emails on her unsecured private server from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," thereby avoiding the incriminating wording of 18USC793(f)(1).

Free speech doesn't bar critique

The First Amendment reads, in part: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Thus Laura Ingraham's comments about Parkland, Florida, student David Hogg were in fact protected in the sense that no law prohibited her from saying those things. However, Ms. Ingraham was not protected from others using their own freedom of speech to criticize her. To say free speech is taking a hit because one does not agree with another person's speech is an invalid argument because the First Amendment does not protect speech from criticism or disapproval ("Free speech takes another hit," Web, April 4).

'Get-Trump' mentality widespread

Disdain for President Trump is worn as a badge of honor. It seems you can never display contempt for him too prominently. Mr. Trump was the Democrats' darling when his novel candidacy was the human wrecking ball in the Republican primary — and his nomination would have been God-sent if one were gullible enough to believe in God.

Tax could help smokers quit

As a cardiologist, I am pleased to see that the D.C. Council is considering raising the tax on cigarettes ("D.C. Council looks at adding $2 to cigarette packs sold in District," Web, April 9). Tobacco use is rampant in the District and is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke and death. Every day I treat patients who could have prevented their heart attack, stroke or other illness simply by never starting to use tobacco or by quitting.