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Boeing put cost savings before lives

“FAA clears Boeing 737 Max after flight-control system fixed” (Web, Nov. 18) provides an excellent overview of Boeing’s problem with the 737 Max, but missing from the article are the lack of qualifications of the pilots involved in the two fatal crashes and the high probability (not possibility) that if the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System failures had occurred in the United States the aircraft would not have crashed.

Resist ‘useful idiots’

As a libertarian, I admire personal freedom within our raucous and free-wheeling society more than anything else, while respecting that we must observe the rules of the American road. But those rules represent the rub, for my ideal of as much freedom within a strong and coherent society as possible is very different from the top-down autocracy the progressive wing of the Democratic Party — the very loud cohort of liberals gaining traction as Joe Biden gets his footing — wants to impose on the rest of us.

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All know abortion is murder

When a woman has a miscarriage, it is a sad event. She tells family and friends, "I lost my baby. People are kind and sympathetic. When a pregnant woman is injured in an accident and the doctors can only save her life, they say, "We saved her life, but even though we tried as hard as we could, we could not save the child." We are saddened when we hear of such events.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Give Pelosi the boot, now

I can't think of more self-absorbed, vile narcissists and pathological liars than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her loathsome cohorts. Mrs. Pelosi and her gangster partners have been working against the president and the American people since President Trump took office. Mrs. Pelosi blocked the bill to help the American people survive the pandemic. Now she has the unmitigated gall to try to coerce the president with the threat of another impeachment. Why have the Republicans not filed charges against her and her co-conspirators for violating their oaths of office?

Trump still president

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at it again. Inspired by her House boys, she threatens another impeachment process of the president upon his Supreme Court justice nomination ("Pelosi doesn't rule out impeachment to delay Trump's Supreme Court pick," Web, Sept. 20. Firstly the 2019 impeachment was a joke. Round two would be an utter circus.

No mention of diabetes, virus-deaths link

U.S. deaths from COVID-19 have surpassed 200,000, but 90% of those deaths involved comorbidities. In fact, the reporting criteria have been so corrupted that apparently in some places (e.g., the U.K.) if you had a car accident and died but were found positive in a PCR test for COVID-19 antigens, it went down as a COVID-19 death.

Israel-Syria peace unlikely

Abraham Wagner urges the Trump administration to seek a treaty between Israel and Syria ("Next steps in the Middle East after historic Abraham Accords peace agreement," Web, Sept. 21). He claims that "Israel and Syria were close to a real peace agreement before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war" in 2011.

Ginsburg didn't belong on court

The announcement that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died was very unfortunate news. However, I do not ascribe to the theory that she was a stalwart defender of U.S. constitutional law and a "judicial icon." In fact, I believe there is ample evidence she was an enemy of the U.S. Constitution who never should have accepted her appointment to the court, and who thereafter should have been impeached.

Poor management to blame

Mayors and governors are blaming climate change for the massive wild fires throughout the West. It is insulting and clueless to propose new climate laws and regulations while fires are raging, thousands have been evacuated, hundreds have lost their homes and businesses, and too many souls have lost their lives.

Fill vacancy with conservative

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid famously said, after being questioned regarding having lied about Mitt Romney paying taxes, "Romney didn't win, did he?" Now President Trump has a chance to fill another Supreme Court seat and the Democrats are calling foul.

Parliament, not George, taxed us

I was impressed by Judge Napolitano's piece on James Madison and the Constitution ("Governor's authoritarian orders during pandemic ruled unconstitutional," Web, Sept. 16). In this case, however, Mr. Napolitano makes a serious error. He writes that the American Revolution was about "the British king because he taxed without representation " This is simply inaccurate and I would guess that Mr. Napolitano, upon reflection, would agree.

Election should focus on pandemic

As always, the rhetorical ability to set the agenda in the waning days of the presidential campaign will determine the outcome of the 2020 election. Yes, whether the president and Republicans try to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg before January is a serious issue, full of intrigue and speculation by political pundits and the media. Former President Clinton and others perceive this move as a power grab. It also exposes the hypocrisy of Republicans who set a clear precedent in 2016 by insisting that a Supreme Court selection should wait until the next president was selected by voters.

Left no friend to Jewish voters

American Jews are overwhelmingly liberal, and many take great pride in supporting political positions that are often inimical to their interests as Jews, both at home and in Israel. It is as though they believe sticking pins into effigies of themselves will win principled friends among those liberals who disdain their friendship.

Heed Taiwan on COVID-19

Due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19, the general debate of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to convene virtually Sept. 22-26, and on Sept. 29. Now more than ever the high-level session should seriously consider Taiwan's success story in the pandemic and how Taiwan's international role may be played out more broadly in critical areas of worldwide coronavirus response.

Washington Mohawks?

Since it seems certain there has been no objection to "Seminoles," "Braves" or "Indians" as team names, why not call the Washington Football Team "the Mohawks" after the Mohawk tribe, which was indigenous to the East Coast? Alternatively, the team could be named after another East Coast tribe. That way the former Redskins could retain their logo and some of their traditions.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) lines up under center during the second half an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

A Panther goes down: For Luis Moreno Jr., principle is more important than profit

The corporate world of professional sports is a sad place these days. And perhaps it has always been so, but now the public is better attuned to the hypocrisy with which decisions are made. The National Basketball Association and Nike, for instance, are happy to provide a platform for the ugliest critiques of America, while happily ignoring the genocide their financial overlords, the Chinese, currently carry out on the Uyghur population.

Make IRS disclose compromises

So the IRS is not telling parents when their minor children's identities have been stolen ("Audit: IRS doesn't alert families of kids with stolen identities," Politics, Sept. 15). At best, the agency will tell parents that 'someone's' Social Security number has been compromised from their tax return. This is nuts and should be rectified by Congress right away. A law should mandate that the filer of the tax return be notified if any Social Security number on their return is compromised.

Waters wants total takeover

It seems the Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters are now following the orders of Rep. Maxine Waters, who in 2018 shouted at her followers to let Trump supporters know "they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."

Marxism -- or else

No one can deny that our democracy is under siege by the far-left, democratic socialist. If you don't believe me, just look at the pandemonium and insurrection taking place in our major cities under this 'mobocratic' rule. Mobocracy is burning our cities, damaging private and public properly, and destroying statues and the historical heritage of our country — all because some people hate America and want to replace democracy with Marxism.

Idiocy of NFL

I just finished reading the news that Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside a Los Angeles hospital chanting "We hope they die," referring to the two L.A. County sheriffs deputies who were shot by an assailant who apparently doesn't know how to properly wear a pair of trousers ("Police search for deputies' attacker," Page 1, Sept. 14).

Democrats, start fretting

Recent polls at both the Garner College of Journalism and the Manhattan College of Communications show President Trump well ahead of Joe Biden by as many as 14 points in some swing states. In Pensylvania, Ohio, Florida and Nevada, Mr. Trump holds at least an eight-point lead among every group surveyed. In West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, the president holds commanding leads of nine, 11 and 13 points, respectively, according to unnamed pollsters. In the age group of 25-45, both men and women are crossing political lines, with Mr. Trump gaining a nine-point lead over Mr. Biden.