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Congress must do job we pay for

Considering the very substantial growth of the economy and job numbers this year, President Trump and Congress should keep up the good work. As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said: “There are significant differences between the American and European version of capitalism. The Americans traditionally emphasize the need for limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labour-market flexibility. Its success has been shown above all in the ability to create jobs, in which it is consistently more successful than Europe.” And Congress and all of us should take into account Mrs. Thatcher’s observation from experience: “The problem with socialism is that you run out of other people’s money.”

Murders inexplicable

The horrific murders of Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts and unborn child Nico have garnered national attention and riveted the country with both horror and amazement (“Chris Watts, man who strangled wife and killed his 2 girls, sentenced to life,” Web, Nov. 19). That this was a seemingly all-American-type family makes it all the more difficult to fathom that Watts, husband and father, confessed to murdering them all.

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Obama moves led to Trump

Recently former President Barack Obama campaigned in Nevada, praising his administration for many accomplishments — but failing to mention his most serious scandal, which was the promise he made to Vladimir Putin to unilaterally disarm the United States. While Russia continued to invade its neighbors, upgrade its nuclear arms and missiles, patrol with nuclear submarines off our shores and in adjacent seas, establish military bases in Latin America, fly nuclear-armed bombers close to our bases and disrespect the United States in every way, Mr. Obama continued to want to eliminate all American nuclear arms.

No more 'divided' than usual

The refrain that America is more divided than ever is both unsubstantiated and dangerous. Many in the media and some politicians have put forward this proposition (likely in the hopes of tarnishing President Trump), but they have not provided any evidence.

Left will take anyone

With the Democrats' strong support for illegal immigration, I can only assume they have re-written Emma Lazarus' poem to read as follows: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, your spies, saboteurs, terrorists, criminal gangs, drug dealers, fugitives from justice, people with contagious diseases, Muslims with their Shariah law, etc. We welcome the good, the bad, and the ugly — as long as they agree to vote for Democrats to replace the voters missing because of abortion."

End illegal border crossing

Stop the hand-wringing and nonsense rhetoric and take the necessary actions to permanently end the uncontrolled, Democrat-inspired illegal immigration, with its financial harm and loss of innocent lives ("Caravan grows to 14,000 people: Report," Web, Oct. 22).

Citizenship not universal right

The United States is walking on egg shells. Since 1965 our immigration laws have been strangling our nation. The entire demographic of our country has been poisoned by chain migration and the importation of Democratic voters. If this does not stop, as President Trump has been exhorting the country to do, the entire culture of this country will be altered irreversibly.

Feinstein must leave the Senate

It is time for Sen. Dianne Feinstein to go ("Feinstein says she'd back new Kavanaugh probe if Democrats take Senate," Web, Oct. 17). Her pathetic display of behavior prior to and during the Kavanaugh hearings was indicative of her poor judgment and inherent bias against Brett Kavanaugh. She, along with a number of her Democratic cohorts, is a total embarrassment to public service. The cards she played with Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford were emblematic of manipulative and strategic maneuvers that ultimately tarnished the validity of genuine victims and the bona fide meaning and relevancy of the #MeToo movement.

Ellison a hypocrite

It seems that when the shoe is on the other foot, Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, becomes the victim. But, when someone else is accused, especially a Republican or a Christian, he will lead the charge that an accusation is proof enough — even though it is difficult to fathom that someone as seemingly calm, level-headed and naturally likable as Mr. Ellison would ever be abused. However, what goes around comes around, and now he is in the proverbial barrel. Enjoy the ride.

Honduras migrants stand on the bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, as they wait to be attended by Mexican migration authorities in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Consequences of the caravan

In love as in politics, timing is everything. Hardball politics is hastening a caravan of immigrants rumbling north toward the United States, on course to arrive sometime around Election Day, Nov. 6. The sight of thousands of illegals from Central America crashing the border could haunt voters as they step into the voting booth. Rather than propel the media-predicted flood of Democratic Party victories, it could have the opposite effect, reinforcing the growing feeling among Americans that they're on the verge of losing their nation. Will Americans decide who crosses the border, or enable prospective immigrants to do it for them.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, take part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in San Antonio. (Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News via AP, Pool)

In hot pursuit of Texas

The Democrats just can't quit counting on Texas. Election after election, they've surveyed the Giant and its growing Hispanic population and imagined electoral manna. America's second most populous state remains stubbornly, implacably Republican.

Athletes stuck on branding

I have new respect for Mary Bono, who this week resigned from her 4-day-old post as head of USA Gymnastics following athletes' criticism of an anti-Nike tweet of hers ("Another gymnastics official faces charge in Nassar fallout," Web, Oct. 18).

'Asylum seekers' must be monitored

An economic dagger is being aimed at America's heart, much like the disabling economic thrusts made into the heart of Europe with the influx of thousands of refugees from the Middle East. The current march of "asylum seekers" is bogus simply by the fact that the Honduran core of this organized trek achieved their goal of asylum the minute they set foot in the first country they were allowed to enter.

Punished for following the law?

I'm just the average Joe working hard to make a life for myself, paying my taxes and doing my part to be a productive citizen. I'm conservative but I don't believe in a party affiliation. I'm an American.

Jobs, not mobs

Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder tell Democrats to "reject civility" ("Michelle Obama rejects Eric Holder's, Hillary Clinton's rhetoric: 'Fear is not a proper motivator,'" Web, Oct. 11). Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters said "to get in the faces of administration officials." Democratic activists are intimidating the public with no repercussions. Democratic presidential hopefuls are encouraging resistance. Really? Resistance to what? The economy, jobs and optimism are at record highs. Unemployment is at record lows. Tax cuts and trade deals are bringing manufacturing jobs back. Hostages have been released without any preconditions. Our fallen heroes from the Korean War are finally being returned. As a veteran, I am so thankful. The Trump administration has made and kept its promises.

Warren a disgrace

As it turns out, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is everything President Trump says she is and more ("Trump won't pay $1 million bet on Elizabeth Warren's DNA test," Web, Oct. 15). The facts dictate that Mrs. Warren is no more Native American than I or 325.7 million other Americans.

Different rules for Bill Clinton

In her rationalization of his behavior, Hillary Clinton would still have us believe that President Bill Clinton should "absolutely not" have stepped down over the White House affair ("Hillary Clinton: #MeToo doesn't apply to Bill, Lewinsky was 'adult,'" Web, Oct 14).

Portland mayor violating oath

The action or lack thereof of the mayor of the "City of Roses" with respect to the riotous behavior of Antifa — a fascist group if there ever were one — reminds one of that of former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who in 2015 allowed rioters their space to destroy property and endanger the citizenry ("Portland mayor stands by decision to allow antifa to block traffic, hassle motorists," Web, Oct. 14).

Christine Ford is a fibber

Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford blatantly lied in answers to routine questions from the prosecutor, and these lies cast serious doubt about her truthfulness on any of the issues at hand ("'Speaking truth to power': Christine Blasey Ford nominated for UNC Distinguished Alumna Award," Web, Oct. 9).

No end in sight

Two recent op-eds "'Where do we go from here?'" and "Replacing facts with hysteria" (Web, Oct. 9) illustrate the sharp division within American society regarding the way the two major political parties are viewed.

Stop needless health spending

President Trump is right to emphasize the importance of protecting patients with pre-existing conditions in any health care reform effort ("Trump on campaign trail emphasizes protections for pre-existing conditions," Web, Oct.3). Millions of Americans have pre-existing conditions.

Voters like the bounty Trump brought

I liken President Trump to a huge apple tree that grew big, beautiful, delicious apples (the economy and respect for our country). One day a farmer (the Trump administration) came to the tree to pick a basket of apples to make a pie (a better America). He saw a couple of discolored apples on the ground, and not thinking threw them in with the fresh apples he had picked from the tree. A few days later, when the farmer went to make a pie, he saw that the discolored apples (the Democrats) were rotten and had caused some apples that had been under them (gullible people) to rot.