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Reassign area codes

Most gang members wear clothing, have tattoos, flash hand signs and/or draw graffiti that identifies their gang affiliations. A large number of the tattoos and urban art contain the telephone area code identifying the gang’s city, county or region of control. If telephone area codes within certain metropolitan locations were changed, gang tattoos, graffiti and hand signs would be rendered inaccurate, outdated and confusing.

USDA right on cat matter

Derek Hunter’s op-ed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research involving cats contained misinformation and hyperbole that deserve a response (“Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty,” Web, May 22).

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Hurting states to spite Trump

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, have made a big mistake. As the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate they encouraged "resistance" to the Republicans, especially the Republicans in the Trump administration. That has meant only opposition -- no compromise or negotiation. The result is shown in the new tax laws, which had no Democratic input or support.

Sessions, keep investigating

The justified firing of seditious former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has brought the rats out of hiding and into the light of day (" 'Lack of candor': Reason for firing McCabe one of most serious in FBI," Web, March 18). John Brennan, who abused the privacy rights of American citizens and the ever-corrupt Samantha Powers have now weighed in on the McCabe firing. Not out of a sense of honorable duty, but more than likely because they now realize their own crimes expose them to criminal prosecution.

Clintons here to stay

"Billary Clinton" will never stop running their shadow presidency against Donald Trump or their own party. As former co-presidents from January 1993 to January 2001 and puppet masters of every Obama-Biden appointment Hillary and Bill Clinton know full well how to assume total legal, political and fiscal control of anything and everyone in Washington and beyond.

Columnist not objective source

I haven't done enough research or analysis to determine whether Washington Times contributor Donald Lambro is a card-carrying "Never-Trump"-er, but my perception over time has been that when Mr. Lambro's name is on top of a column, there's bound to be some Trump-bashing below. All well and good, as the president is far from flawless and everyone can use some criticism from time to time. And Mr. Lambro certainly has proven that he can be counted on to provide this service for The Times.

Use tech for border wall

The president is on the right track pushing ahead with plans to build a wall to defend our border from illegal interlopers. However, he is way behind the times with his desire to physically "see through" the wall.

These weapons not 'assault rifles'

I expect better of The Washington Times than to blindly repeat the liberal myth that stores are selling "assault weapons" ("Outdoors stores quietly continue to sell assault weapons," Web, March 13). Military select-fire assault weapons such as the M16, and M4 are by definition capable of firing "fully automatic" (i.e., emptying the entire clip with one press of the trigger). Virtually no gun stores sell these; the few "Class III" dealers who are allowed to do so require a special federal license and a personal recommendation from the local chief of police.

Learn from Tillerson firing

Unfortunately the final statement of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state was an ill-concealed attack on President Donald Trump and his policies ("Tillerson urges State Department officials to forge ahead with 'integrity,'" Web, March 13). This was a case of two strong-minded men who had major differences in foreign policy, with both having little experience in the area. Mr. Tillerson's short stay brings to mind a variation on a familiar statement: Appoint in haste and fire at will.

Can SNAP

It is time to say goodbye and good riddance to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There are better ways to spend the $70 billion that SNAP receives. I don't believe the box-food program would work as a replacement, though. The poor and disabled who use SNAP would be better off using food pantries for their food needs.

No peace without justice

A "peace treaty" between President Trump and "Glorious Leader" Kim Jong-un that ignores the human rights abuses in North Korea is meaningless. That issue must be addressed in any talks of peace.

Wind energy worth the birds

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is concerned about the number of birds killed by wind turbines ("Zinke says Interior should be a partner with oil companies," Web, March 6). However, Mr. Zinke might be surprised to know that the National Audubon Society "strongly supports properly sited wind power" as a way to address climate change. Proper siting means avoiding migratory pathways and environments that could harm endangered species.

Model democracy with term limits

The Chinese dictatorship is getting ready to eliminate term limits for its leader. Without term limits President Xi Jinping can rule for as long as he likes — just like Mao Zedong and the emperors. I am a big supporter of term limits. I think all elected officials should be limited to either one or two non-consecutive terms. Our president can prove that he is against authoritarianism and Communism and a supporter of democracy by limiting himself to one term.

Let true free trade reign

Donald Lambro slammed President Trump's announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports ("There's nothing conservative about trade protectionism," Web, March 8). Yes, we all understand the "free trade" orthodoxy that a country benefits from having no tariffs even if its trading partner imposes tariffs on imports into its own country. But it is equally true that both countries benefit even more if neither country imposes tariffs — what Mr. Trump calls "fair trade."

No more unfair free trade

Conservative economists just don't get it ("Trump's really bad idea," Web, March 6). Free trade is only free when normal market dynamics are in effect. Once a nation's government intervenes with production subsidies or its own excessive import tariffs, there is no longer equitable "free trade."

'Deathless' meat the answer?

Regardless of what one thinks of the sci-fi thought experiment of cruelty-free cannibalism, there really shouldn't be any debate over the benefits of growing real animal meat without animals ("'Soylent' Dawkins? Atheist mulls 'taboo against cannibalism' ending as lab-grown meat improves," Web, March 6).

Obama cronies not above law

We need a big push to make sure Obama-era officials are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their attempts to thwart the efforts of Congress and the State Department inspector general to hold them accountable.

Reassignment surgery effective

Contrary to your reporting in "Skeptics urge caution as transgender surgeries skyrocket" (Web, March 5), there is a scientifically based consensus among medical experts and researchers that transition-related surgeries are safe, effective and medically necessary.

School not always best teacher

Aram Bakshian's review of Bryan Caplan's book, "The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money" ("The educator has no clothes," Web, March 7) is on the money.

Drive 'progressive' media out

The left has a full-court press going on to do away with the right of Americans to own firearms of their own choosing. Well, the time has come to silence the "progressive" media outlets that have long provided cover for the felonies committed by Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Lois Lerner and many others from the political left.

Free speech can't be 'zoned'

As a retired State University System of Florida faculty member, I applaud the Florida legislature for banning those ridiculous "free speech zones" and returning state public-university campuses to their longstanding and traditional role of providing the opportunity for students to explore the life of the mind.

Drop investigation now

The Mueller investigation needs to stop. Its original purpose has been proven false by the Mueller team itself. This is no longer an investigation, but now a full-blown soft coup into undermining an elected president because the Washington establishment didn't like our vote.