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Unknowable stock market

It seems we hear every day from various news sources that the stock market surged because of new labor statistics, housing starts, etc. And the reverse also seems to be the case; newscasters say the market went down because of some natural disaster or some negative government statistics. The fact is, no one really knows why the stock market moves in any direction and news outlets, writers and other wizards should stop claiming that they know something they can’t possibly know.

Tell Congress to butt out

How history repeats itself. Few today probably know how divided the country was right after the adoption of our Constitution in 1787 and the seating of the government in 1789. In the decade of the 1790s, the Federalist Party of Washington, Hamilton and Ames was in power, and the Republican Party of Jefferson and Madison could not stop the Federalists’ agenda.

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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.

Israeli-Arab solution

What is wrong with the Arabs who have called themselves Palestinians since 1964, when the PLO was founded in Egypt to get rid of the "infidels" in the Middle East and North Africa ("Pending power vacuum: Younger Palestinians despair over aging, flailing leadership," Web, May 21)?

Veggies are safe barbecue choices

What happened to the good old days, when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Folks planning to dust off their outdoor grills this holiday weekend face a nasty choice: If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella, but if they raise the temperature to kill these bacteria, they run the risk of creating carcinogenic meat. (The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature when cooking, but our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.)

Growing divide contributes to violence

Once again the nation is subjected to violence in our schools — and once again we hear partisan cries for "gun control" as the solution. No, this is not the solution. The danger is that it clouds recognition of many factors that contribute to increased violence, principally the constant hysterical attacks on our president, which undermines national stability. Youngsters are easily influenced by a hatred-filled atmosphere.

At last, justice for Hillary?

The real investigations concerning Hillary Rodham Clinton and her boss have finally begun ("Trump 'takes charge' of deep state influence," Web, May 20). Stay tuned. The supposed investigation of Russian collusion will be found only to apply to Mrs. Clinton and those high up at the FBI, Justice Department and more. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was only there to postpone the inevitable after the shocking election result.

Trump's federal disclosure

"Trump met federal disclosure requirement by reimbursing Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment: Government" (Web, May 16) is generally factual. However, the piece implies that controversy remains about whether the disclosure under the 1978 Ethics In Government Act was timely.

Who wants that award, anyway?

Your 17 May editorial, "A bad week for Democrats," says President Trump is not likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize. That's a no-brainer, because he's even less likely to accept it. He wouldn't want his name sullied by association with the likes of Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat. Knowing this, the Nobel Committee wouldn't embarrass themselves by doing the right thing.

U.S. losing people, jobs, revenue

It is expected that a U.S. president address the major concerns of citizens during his term in office. In 2016 more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, including from illicit and prescription opioids. About 17,000 deaths, including more than 15,000 from heroin, were from all illicit drugs. More than 99 percent of illegal drugs are shipped from Mexico.

Abbas still full of lies

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' so-called apology for his recent anti-Semitic speech was really no apology at all ("Palestinian president apologizes over anti-Semitic remarks," Web, May 4). In his speech, Mr. Abbas blamed Jews for bringing the Holocaust on themselves with their "social behavior," and denied the Jewish people's ancestral presence in what is today Israel. After being widely rebuked, he said he apologized "if people were offended" (yes, he actually said "if"). What he pointedly did not do was acknowledge that his statements were false.

Maryland not home of lacrosse

Is it really true that "Marylanders think of their state as the spiritual homeland of lacrosse"? ("The Mohawks who made Maryland's lacrosse sticks," Web, May 13). While I certainly would not wish to take away from the fine tradition of high-level lacrosse played in Maryland since around the turn of the 20th century, anyone who thinks the state is the "spiritual homeland" of the game really knows absolutely nothing about lacrosse.

Violence on border no 'protest'

The media has a strange characterization of recent events on the Israeli border. Even an article in The Washington Times uses the word "protest" and the phrase "in Gaza" ("Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens killed in Gaza," Web, May 15). These are glaring errors.

Prosecute Hillary now

The Washington Times reported recently that "Reynaldo Regis, 53, of Fort Washington, Maryland, searched classified databases without authorization during the time he worked as a CIA contractor He then copied the classified data into his personal notebooks he stored at his home."

Liberation-free women's lib

Upon reflection, the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s was more like "open season on women." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among sexually active teens between the ages of 15 and 24, one in four has a venereal disease. Many of these individuals will suffer serious life-long consequences. Do you think they feel liberated?

Left's history of sabotage

Former Secretary of State John Kerry's secret meetings with Iranian officials and the connection of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton to the creation of a phony dossier may have shocked some people, but not those who know history. The progressive left has a long record of trying to undermine and sabotage the policies with which it disagrees.

Graham should pipe down

Sen. Lindsey Graham's mock indignation over an innocuous observation by White House communications aide Kelly Sadler is worth a chuckle ("Lindsey Graham wants White House apology for Kelly Sadler's 'disgusting' John McCain remark," Web, May 13). We're a nation that is being riven by the hyper-emotional, and it's not just by a traumatized teen-ager or the usual suspects who intentionally misconstrue their opponents' remarks for a perceived advantage in the polls.

Nicholson must answer on climate

So, Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate and former Marine Kevin Nicholson "questions the "cognitive thought process" of veterans who are Democrats" ("Bipartisan veterans backlash against GOP Senate candidate," Web May 3). Mr. Nicholson recently said, of his challenger in the race: "I disagree with a thought process that leads you to vote for a Democrat like Tammy Baldwin, who doesn't take any of these issues on national security seriously."

Left trying to block good

I don't get the Democrats — or the news media that support every dirty tactic the Democrats use to block President Trump from doing his job on behalf of the American people. Networks such as CNN and MSNBC have taken their bias to an all-time low, making up stories and giving their opinions rather than reporting the news.

Sputnik wasn't spying

"'Possibly the greatest achievement of any intelligence service'" (Web, May 8), the book review by Joseph Goulden of Monte Reel's "Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War," contained an extremely inaccurate criticism. Mr. Goulden writes that the book was "marred somewhat" because in condemning the U-2 overflights of Soviet airspace the author fails to mention the Sputnik satellite flights that began in 1957, three years before Francis Gary Powers' ill-fated U-2 mission.

Maker of our own woes

That the U.S. has been subsidizing most, if not all, of its major problems is becoming more and more evident. Since the Department of Energy was created, we pay per month what we used to pay per year to heat our homes. Since the Department of Education was created, the government has spent a great fortune subsidizing ignorance and the brainwashing of students in favor of socialism. Add to this what has been paid to Iran to support global terrorism. This is either insanity or treason.

A diminished 'legacy'

With President Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the deeply flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, another significant piece of former President Obama's legacy has been removed. This follows earlier withdrawals from the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accords. Other significant moves include removal of the "individual mandate" from Obamacare, part of the tax-reform package, approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and reduction in the size of several national monuments.