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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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AOC spews hurricane balderdash

Am I to assume the stock photograph of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez putting on glasses, which accompanied "AOC says Hurricane Dorian 'is what climate change looks like': 'This is about science & leadership'" (Web, Sept. 3), is there to imply that the congresswoman is overdue for an eye exam? If you're going to give the devil his due, then the preposterous are to be given the benefit of the doubt, too -- and I doubt Ocasio-Cortez assimilated this nonsense alone.

Bike laws, licensing save lives

I hope New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be bold enough to rebuke the disproportionately influential bike lobby and move forward with his plans to rein in bicyclists ("Bill de Blasio eyes license requirement for bike riders," Web, Sept. 4).

Wage reflects work, not worth

The summer before my senior year in high school, I was hired as a handyman at a marina in Long Beach, California. I was 17. The work was hard and took place six days a week, outside in the hot sun. I was cleaning the bathrooms, cleaning the pool, repairing wood docks, painting boats in the yard and more. My salary was $1.10 an hour. The year was 1957.

Senate obliged to legislate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear once again that he will not allow bills — in this case, those involving gun reform — to be brought to the floor, debated and voted on without a signal of support from President Trump ("Mitch McConnell looks to Trump before making any move on gun legislation," Web, Sept. 3). If this unprecedented position of not allowing bills to be debated without a guarantee that they will become laws were the stated policy of former Senate majority leaders, imagine all the important legislation that never would have been enacted: Social Security, Medicare, civil rights, etc.

The sharply rising cost of living

I'm old enough to remember when professional baseball ballplayers spent their entire careers with the same team. These days, only money buys loyalty. I don't know what the average salary was for MLB players during the '30s and '40s, but I do recall that Babe Ruth earned the astronomical salary of $80,000 per season.

Koch a generous philanthropist

I first met David Koch 40 years ago when he ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket ("Remembering David Koch," Web, Aug. 29). Although I am a life-long registered Republican, my philosophical leanings are libertarian and I usually follow libertarian candidates. In this race, Koch had little chance of winning, but he was always willing to invest his personal resources to promote his views. He did this throughout his life and I admired him for doing so because he always did it in a very calm and thoughtful manner. Consequently, I believe he was extremely effective in advancing his limited-government views.

Rid government of 'deep state'

James Comey's behavior makes for a perfect example of the treasonous actions of the deep state, those unelected, entrenched government employees who believe they know better than the American public and have a "duty" to protect us from our own misguided beliefs ("James Comey's smug skirt of spirit of law," Web, Aug. 29).

Trump has revived U.S. military

President Trump inherited the most politicized, low-morale, unilaterally disarmed military ever, and he has rebuilt it into the greatest in the world. Now, officers who have been rightly fired for continuing Democratic policies such as "leading from behind" and social engineering with unfair diversity preferences, have no right to complain that Mr. Trump has used his own tactics to reverse President Obama's ruinous politicization.

Good riddance to Donegan

Last week, The Times reported that Gail Gordon Donegan, who was appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to the Virginia Council on Women, "has a record of ridiculing Catholic beliefs and practices" ("Church groups hit Northam appointee Gail Gordon Donegan for anti-Catholic tweets," Web).

Wrist slap hardly sufficient

Something is seriously wrong at the Justice Department ("James Comey leaked classified FBI memos for personal gain, IG finds," Web, Aug. 29). We watched the deep-state conspirators destroy the lives of people while on a mission to bring down a president. Now that these co-conspirators have been caught red-handed for the most horrible abuse of office and something that can only be called espionage, they don't even get a slap on the wrist.

Rainforest fires world's concern

Addressing the significant mass burning of the Amazonian rainforest -- the ecosystem biomass of which produces 20% of Earth's oxygen — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro recently told the rest of the rightfully concerned world, "You have to understand that the Amazon is Brazil's, not yours."

Left's 'words' are nonsense

"Wokeness"? "White nationalism"? This is the tripe that comes from the mouths of spoiled little social parasites who harbor a fear of being forced into working real jobs, having to earn their own money and think their own thoughts.

Get back to 'Golden Rule'

While growing a business, I had to scrape along in "higher education" one class at a time. It was everything for the sake of convenience, not because I loved every subject. I missed a lot of American history, so it was only over time that I came to appreciate the fantastic foundation and wealth of knowledge the Founders passed down to us via the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Democrats their own worst enemy

"Sleepy Joe" Biden is right — racism is a "white man's problem" ("Joe Biden touts standing among black voters," Web, Aug. 28) because if you're a white man you're automatically assumed to be a racist. The myth that President Trump is a white supremacist has replaced the invention of him being Vladimir Putin's handpicked successor to the first African-American president. Somebody ought to wake Joe up and remind him for whom he carried water for eight years. Democrats are a tiresome group of people, and everybody knows this but the Democrats. We're going to be stuck with Trump for another four years, and we have only the Democrats to blame.

Split GOP will give left power

President Trump was elected by voters who agreed with his agenda of standing up to the Democratic and Republican establishment, and we are pleased that he has kept his promises. He has done well by rebuilding our armed forces, lowering taxes, stemming the flow of illegal immigrants, appointing judges who follow the U.S. Constitution, getting us closer to energy independence, and pushing economic and trade policies that are bringing back jobs.

Lebanon should thank Israel

Poor Lebanon, occupied by Iran and controlled by its proxy, Hezbollah. Hezbollah, the largest non-state army in the world, is recognized by most Western nations as a terrorist organization ("Drone war takes flight, raising stakes in Iran, US tensions," Web, Aug. 25). In violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 skirmish, Hezbollah operates throughout the country, right up to and under the Israeli border. Its tunnels are a war crime. The estimated 40,000 to 150,000 missiles it points at Israel are in violation of international law. The hundreds of dual-purpose houses it has built along the Israeli border are also war crimes.

The Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact was inexcusable

As we approach the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the history surrounding the beginning of the conflict and the Soviet Union's role in it attracts more attention ("Why the heroic deeds of the Soviet people must not be forgotten," Web, Aug. 21). In this context, the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact is of particular historical significance.

Embrace Jewish 'dual loyalty'

We have all read and heard about the 'dual loyalty' of Jews when it comes to the state of Israel. I for one admit that I have a dual loyalty to both Israel and my country, Canada. I would fight for and give up my life to protect either country. I will stand up for Canada, as this is my home and where I have been given the opportunity to live, work and practice whatever religion I want. I will also stand up for and give up my life for Israel, as that is the country that is the birthplace of my religion and has provided me with the teachings of the Torah and the Ten Commandments, and has allowed me to be brought up with the pride and ethics of being a Jew.

Walsh should rethink challenge

Back in 1972, Pete McCloskey was a popular congressman from Northern California. Mr. McCloskey was so upset and offended by the actions of Richard Nixon that he challenged the incumbent president in the Republican primaries. He didn't win, but he proved to be more than a mosquito on the proverbial elephant's backside.

Stalin pushed 'free' stuff first

The 1936 Soviet Constitution appears to be the underlying foundation of the political theory, thought and action of presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the leftist-candidate coterie.