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Presidency is not God

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently told Oprah Winfrey that in the last presidential election cycle he wasn’t ready for the office. He asked, in quite biblical-sounding terms, “[W]as I prepared to be able to give my whole heart, my whole soul and all my attention to the endeavor? I knew I wasn’t.” In Mathew 22 Christ tells us, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind.”

Congress not upholding oaths

When congressional GOP members were elected in 2016, the entire Republican Party celebrated. Yet now these same people are considered traitors by many. Is that a little harsh? Readers can decide for themselves. I looked up the Merriam-Webster definition of a traitor, and here it is: “One who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.” I think that says it all.

Look for torment in killers’ pasts?

Whenever a large-scale atrocity is committed, society ought to look beyond the perpetrator’s act and toward his motivation for committing the act, however abhorrent. This should be done with the goal of hopefully learning enough to prevent a future recurrence by another societal monster. Otherwise the great suffering that has been caused is essentially without positive purpose.

Left resents Trump’s success

Why do the Democrats want to impeach President Trump? Is it because he wants to keep America free, strong and safe? Or could it be that his presidency has caused the stock market to boom, businesses to come back to our shores and job numbers to rise?

Bipartisanship needed on climate

Ben Wolfgang’s coverage of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Nov. 15 (“Republicans, Democrats brainstorm on plan to reduce greenhouse gas,” Web) was a breath of fresh air. It’s just this sort of bipartisan deliberation, combined with an understanding of public-private innovation and initiatives, that will help us going forward. The work we have ahead of us cannot be something that one party, one sector or one nation can undertake.

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Buy your own contraception

As it rejiggers Obamacare, the Trump administration has visited anew the idea that employers opposed to contraception for recreational sex as a matter of religious belief should not be forced to pay for it. Until Obamacare was forced upon an unwelcoming public by a strict party-line vote, men and the women we dated took it upon ourselves to provide the prerequisites for such recreation, including contraception.

Taking a knee no hero's move

I enjoyed reading Judge Andrew P. Napolitano's recent op-ed on the NFL and protected speech ("Taking a knee and protected speech," Web, Oct. 11). I agree with the old Beatrice Evelyn Hall quote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." However, I feel that the taking of a knee is really just egotistical grandstanding by players who make far more money than the average citizen of any skin color.

Millions of dollars in 'oppression'

What does "systemic oppression" look like in 2017? Apparently, a lot like $14.2 million, or the approximate worth of 49ers' safety Eric Reid's contract over the past five years. Where do I line up for such hardship?

Let Taiwan into UNFCCC

The 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place next month in Bonn, Germany, is capturing worldwide attention. COP23 is the latest in the series of Conference of Parties meetings that are signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty through which member states commit to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The honor Jerry Lewis deserved

Legendary entertainer and philanthropist Jerry Lewis has died, after receiving awards from Paris, France, and all over the world, but not from the president of the United States. Why did we deny this icon the opportunity to smell the roses of his success while he lived?

'Mockingbird' offensive

As a full-time sixth-grade substitute teacher, I have discovered that the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book "To Kill a Mockingbird" has multiple usages of the N-word.

Pull the plug on the NFL

One thing black folks have in common with the NFL is the billions of dollars we represent in sports marketing. We must learn to use our collective influences to affect change where there is racial injustice and disparity in our communities.

Swap football for patriotic rugby

I want to thank Vice President Pence for walking out on the NFL and their overpaid traitors. I'm also grateful for President Donald Trump and his game-changing leadership of America-first values, processes, improvements and benefits. It was the Soros-Clinton-Democratic-National-Committee operatives who approached the NFL Players' Union in the first place — and ultimately Colin Kaepernick and his copy-cat resistors — are solely responsible for this mess.

Left silent on Chicago gun violence

The Las Vegas massacre was a terrible man-made atrocity, with 58 innocents dead. It led the Democrats to scream about gun control without giving the affected victims and their love ones the opportunity to heal. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California was among the most vocal, along with the loser of the 2016 presidential election.

Left's gun-law hypocrisy

As expected from the radical left, in the face of the tragic mass killings in Las Vegas the words of comfort to the grieving are rushed through to get to the usual political message about guns and the gun lobby. Forgive me, but I would like to offer another view on the subject of taking away our gun rights in order to stop senseless killing.

EMP-burst danger not news

In "Congress seeks IG probe of radio" (Web, Oct. 4) Bill Gertz highlights aspects of a report produced by the Energy Department and the Electric Power Research Institute. The report concludes that more needs to be done to understand and respond to the electronic magnetic pulse (EMP) threat.

Decertify Obama Iran deal now

During the 2016-election campaign, candidate Trump promised voters that one of his top priorities as president would be to repeal the 2015 Obama nuclear Iran deal. According to him, the deal is one of the worst and most one-sided transactions America has ever made.

Get China to control North Korea

China is our only leverage when it comes to modifying North Korea's world outlook, policies, actions and (possibly) leadership. But there is no reason for China to truly exert itself, regardless of current statements, because the United States' prolonged difficulties with an essentially minor player, North Korea, impair our credibility throughout the world and make China's expansionist plans easier to achieve.

Too useful to fix

Immigration is a major reason why President Trump won the election. But it seems members of Congress still don't get it. The latest attempt, the Tillis/Lankford bill, does nothing to stop illegal immigration. If anything, it only encourages it and will likely increase chain migration as well.

Democracy fails in Catalan

As a supporter of democracy and self determination, I was glad that last Sunday the people of the Catalan region of Spain tried to vote for independence. Unfortunately the Spanish police cracked down in a most undemocratic way.

No quick solution to gun violence

For society to manage, however imperfectly, who owns firearms is the Gordian knot no one has figured out how to untie ("President Trump calls Las Vegas mass shooting 'act of pure evil,'" Web, Oct. 2). The lethality of firearms calls for measures to get us from seeming intractability to solution. However, the stark reality is that, with some 300 million firearms (many feeding the underground market) in Americans' hands, it's impossible to unring that bell.

No more subsidizing disloyalty

Perhaps it is time for everyone on welfare, the staff of every college that teaches anti-American courses, the players and owners of sports franchises that receive federal funds, and illegal aliens who receive benefits to be made to take an oath of loyalty to the people, flag and Constitution of the United States before receiving said funds.

Puerto Rico leaders derelict

There is something seriously wrong with politicians who have the audacity to blame President Trump for not acting fast enough in the aftermath of the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.