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Media must do its job

Malcolm X said: “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” For over three years we’ve been told by the mainstream media that Donald Trump is a Russian asset and that he colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. Though the Mueller report found no evidence of any such collusion, the Democratic establishment in Washington is unable to understand how it lost in 2016. Surely Trump had help.

Stop impeachment hogwash

“Hogwash” is the kitchen refuse given to hogs, and it has come to mean ‘ludicrously false statements.’ A lot of it is currently being dumped on Americans regarding the Ukraine inquiry. The lie is that politicians have obtained certainty by reading another person’s mind. This is an evil baby step toward the world’s worst evil.

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Congress running roughshod

I'm a 74-year-old retiree and lifelong independent voter. As I watch and read about the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump, I get more and more heartsick about the way Congress is behaving.

Ouster attempt unpatriotic, period

Why does everyone who testifies before the House impeachment committees offer paeans to their own patriotism ("Army lieutenant colonel to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry," Web, Oct. 28)? Does anyone really doubt that a career army officer "defend[s] OUR country" (we apparently need the capital letters to get the message) or whether a career diplomat has "dedicated [his] life to serving U.S. interests"?

Left doesn't care about security

Last weekend I watched a news clip of Sen. Amy Klobuchar say what a good thing it was that we got Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — and then go on to lambaste President Trump and his foreign policy. Ms. Klobuchar failed to mention that it is Democrats like her that keep Mr. Trump from implementing any policy. He cannot get the backing he needs from Democrats because they want all the credit.

A victory -- but work remains

While the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi may have been a significant blow to that terrorist organization, the group is still alive and operating in 19 nations with its dedicated agenda. With new leadership it will continue to be a deadly threat to not only the countries of the Middle East but also U.S. interests worldwide.

Ouster try nothing but revenge

Our current society is the prime example of self-destruction, as predicted by late Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who is rumored to have said: "We do not have to invade the United States. We will destroy you from within."

Turks open to peace on Cyprus

Rep. Gus Bilirakis' op-ed ("What the Turkish settlement of Varosha would make clear," Web, Oct. 22) distorts facts. Mr. Bilirakis needs to learn more about the substance of the Cyprus issue.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of Calif., leaves a secure area where Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper is testifying as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

No grounds for impeachment

The U.S. Constitution states that the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Trump is last line of defense

We are living in dark and scary times, as the left wages its war on American culture and prepares the nation for a forced march to its social-justice utopia — a utopia always seemingly located over the next horizon, after the next set of regulations, the next tax increase or the next entitlement program.

Work on agenda while left idles

Stephen Dinan and Gabriella Munoz rightly call out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her "do-nothing" Congress ("Former House lawyer says Pelosi's impeachment inquiry 'is illegal,'" Web, Oct. 22). Unfortunately, no bipartisan legislation on prescription-drug prices or infrastructure is likely to be completed while the Democrats remain single-mindedly focused on removing President Trump from office. But the president does not need the cooperation of the Democrat-controlled House to move forward with his own agenda. He still has the exclusive power to make federal appointments, and the Republican-controlled Senate still has the exclusive power to confirm those appointments.

Trump had foresight on Syria

Having been in combat, I have a serious problem with those Trump-bashing armchair warriors who wanted our troops to stay in Syria. These people include my senator, Lindsey Graham, who knows exactly nothing about being in combat.

Giving back to Virginians

This month, taxpayers in Virginia who paid taxes in 2018 and filed on time received a check for $110 (for individuals) or $220 (for married couples). To most people, this is a pleasant surprise. However, this rebate from the Virginia Department of Taxation is a result of legislation I sponsored this year, House Bill 2529.

Don't call them farms

I often read that solar cells and windmills are clustered in "farms" ("Washington subsidies not helping the wind industry," Web, Oct. 18). How reassuring such a description is — and how very misleading.

Allowing sex work hurts families

As a long-time resident of D.C., if a bill curently being considered becomes law and sex work is decriminalized in this city, it would destroy nearly 30 years of effort by many groups and individuals to make Washngton a safe place to live and raise children. I still remember when we had to remove the used condoms and needles before our kids could play at several public playgrounds.

Bill tantamount to infanticide

According to "Judge issues mixed ruling in Virginia abortion law challenge" (Web, Sept. 30), U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson upheld the sections of the law requiring that a licensed physician perform an abortion; that the woman be given the option of viewing an ultrasound if she so desires; that she have the right to receive state-written information prior to signing informed-consent documents; and that there be a 24-hour waiting period from the time she decides to end her pregnancy and the actual abortion.

Beware the left's lies

Communism is all about power and the elites who govern the peons. It uses a system of controls that strangles the little guys while the top prospers in power and wealth. It kills economic prosperity and creativity, and significantly dampens the morale of the masses. It controls all facets of society and is exceptionally strong once set in place. It uses deception, lies and manipulation to advance its cause.

Keep Malvo locked up

Life without parole may have been too lenient for Lee Boyd Malvo, who now seeks eligibility for release ("Several victims ask for mercy for Lee Boyd Malvo," Web, Ot. 15). In 2002 Malvo was the admitted 17-year-old trigger man in at least eight murders of persons he did not even know. He was no impulsive juvenile who killed during a single incident, nor was he the heedless sprayer of bullets into a crowd containing an intended target. He was a cold-blooded serial sniper who killed obvious innocents again and again over a period of six weeks, picking victims at random like a true terrorist. If not caught, Malvo would have continued killing indefinitely. Clearly, he learned nothing from repeated killings — except that he could apparently get away with them.