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‘Success’ at the expense of others

Kneeling when the national anthem plays means disparaging the essence of America (“NFL television ratings see increase for most packages,” Web, Nov.9). This country enjoys glorious freedoms and does not suffer injustices demanding the offensive behavior endorsed by the NFL.

No good deed goes un-Democrat

Well, the 2018 midterms are over and once again the voters have shown how much they appreciate a hard-working president who has turned in an amazing performance on their behalf — in spite of constant attacks from a biased mainstream media and an opposition party that both despise the ground he walks on. They hate him because first, he defeated Hillary Clinton, second, he is not a part of their establishment, and third, he is making great strides to undo the horrible damage the Democratic-socialist agenda had done to this country.

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Obama could fix Chicago

The murderous rage in Chicago is out of control. With hundreds of people killed each year and no relief in sight. Surprisingly blackonblack killings predominate, with only a few white-on-black police killings and random white killings of blacks. Mr. Obama's designated Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was assigned to reduce the violence, but he has been ineffective. The killings continue unabated and Mr. Emanuel is expected to be ousted soon.

Democrats making no strides

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's estimation of our judicial system as being racist from top to bottom is apparently driven by the injustices her people suffered when they were vanquished ("Elizabeth Warren under fire for jab at 'racist' justice system," Web, Aug. 6). Alas, there's nobody alive to blame for the sins of the past. Besides, Ms. Warren is a United States senator — she's not living on a reservation, and it would be the height of cynicism to complain about that, wouldn't it?

Fact vs. opinion

One of the biggest challenges faced in the post-truth culture is ascertaining what constitutes a "fact" and what constitutes an "opinion." Whether one supports or opposes President Donald Trump, we should remember what philosophers and rhetoricians teach us — namely that there is an important epistemological difference between "facts" and "opinion."

Not buying 'satire' bit

In its sad defense of Sarah Jeong as a newly hired editorial writer, The New York Times expects we will believe its explanation of her in-your-face racism toward white people and hatred of police as "satire" designed to teach us white folk a lesson about our own misguided judgment of people based on their appearance ("NYT's embattled Sarah Jeong: President Trump is 'basically Hitler'," Web, Aug. 6). Gee, thanks "Gray Lady" and Sarah, but I'm not buying it. I know when I'm being manipulated and played for a fool.

Dellums will be missed

Ron Dellums was a family man, but it seemed that his family included just about everyone, regardless of race, religion or species ("California's fiery former congressman Ron Dellums dies at 82," Web, July 30). A former Marine and a member of Congress for 13 terms, to animals and their advocates, he was a hero.

Build the wall now

Congress should provide funding for a wall between the United States and Mexico. A wall would benefit everyone, including legal and illegal immigrants. Forcing all immigrants to enter the United States through a port of entry could ensure that they receive proper papers to obtain legal employment in the United States and be placed on the tax roles.

Logic over sympathy

In previous pelection years the economy has dominated the voter-issues list, but in this era of the media the topic du jour can be any one newspapers and TV choose to feature. The cited poll results favoring the restriction of immigration would appear to be an anomaly unique to the 2018 election ("Immigration is the winning issue," Web, Aug. 1). These results have shown that logic prevails over sympathy.

Stop whining, start fixing

People who refuse to honor the American flag and/or anthem are showing great disrespect for our nation and its people. Some claim to be doing it because they dislike our president or his politics. The president is just one of more than 330 million Americans. He was elected by the people to manage our country's affairs. It is not he that these people are disrespecting.

Modeling has not replaced testing in science

In his op-ed, "The changing climate of science" (Web, July 30) Anthony J. Sadar writes, "At least part of the problem of predicting reality can be attributed to the apparent abandonment of the observation-hypothesis-testing construct and replacing the hypothesis component with theory and the testing component with modeling." Modeling has not replaced good, old-fashioned hypothesis formulation and testing in science. To suggest as much is at the very least disingenuous.

Ignoring sworn oath

As an independent voter and former law-enforcement officer, I can't be the only one familiar with the wiretapping laws in this country. I'm wondering why no one from the Trump administration is bringing these laws to the forefront regarding former Trump attorney Michael Cohen illegally taping the president without consent ("Giuliani: Cohen betrayed Trump like 'Brutus put the last knife in Caesar,'" Web, July 30).

Israel 'a light unto nations'

Thank you for your article "Syrian White Helmets evacuated to Jordan through Israel" (Web, July 22), about Israel's daring mission to save hundreds of Syrian volunteer rescue workers and their families from Syrian President Bashar Assad's murderous, Iranian-backed war machine.

Trump rating should be higher

In his column "Making sport calling out 'them lyin' newspapers" (Web, July 26) Wesley Pruden expresses astonishment that President Trump's approval rating continues to rise despite well, despite his being Donald Trump. What really astonishes me is that the American electorate continues to deny this president higher "marks" than his predecessor — considering the difference between the Obama and Trump performances is the difference between lies and failure, and truth and success.

Revoke clearances

President Trump would be acting within his authority — and would be justified — in revoking the security clearances of James Clapper and the others he has identified for such action ("Trump threatens to revoke Obama officials' security clearances." Web, July 23). By their acts these individuals are committing treason — that very thing of which, ironically, they accuse the president.

'Treatment' inhumane

In Massachusetts, children with autism and other disabilities are having their behavior managed with devices similar to cattle prods. While this practice is rightly banned in most other states, some states willingly send children whom they deem unmanageable in their school system to live in a center in Massachusetts that has the approval to apply this medieval practice.

Mexico wall has precedent

Between 1909 and 1911 the U.S. government built the first barbed-wire divide along the California-Mexico border, to prevent cattle from wandering between the United States and Mexico.

Different names, same goal

Socialism, progressivism and communism are closely related members of the political family known as leftists. The chief difference between them -- and it is a very thin one -- can be seen in how far each will go to achieve dominance over the people.

Taken for granted and what it entails

Anne Tyler's novels always have a put-upon character, whose generosity everyone else takes for granted, or sometimes actually abuses.

Save our universities

The core question addressed by "DePaul professor slams liberal colleges as 'gravest internal threat to this country'" (Web, July 25) is this: Can America's colleges and universities be redeemed from identity politics, victimology and the campus social-justice warriors? Professor Jason Hill's answer is no and his case is spot-on. So what do we do to save civil discourse and civic behavior on campus and beyond?

Term limits on Supreme Court

Having U.S. Supreme Court justices, whether Democratic or Republican, sit on the bench for life is far too long. Usually only kings or dictators get to stay anywhere for that much time.