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Presidency is not God

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently told Oprah Winfrey that in the last presidential election cycle he wasn’t ready for the office. He asked, in quite biblical-sounding terms, “[W]as I prepared to be able to give my whole heart, my whole soul and all my attention to the endeavor? I knew I wasn’t.” In Mathew 22 Christ tells us, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind.”

Congress not upholding oaths

When congressional GOP members were elected in 2016, the entire Republican Party celebrated. Yet now these same people are considered traitors by many. Is that a little harsh? Readers can decide for themselves. I looked up the Merriam-Webster definition of a traitor, and here it is: “One who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.” I think that says it all.

Look for torment in killers’ pasts?

Whenever a large-scale atrocity is committed, society ought to look beyond the perpetrator’s act and toward his motivation for committing the act, however abhorrent. This should be done with the goal of hopefully learning enough to prevent a future recurrence by another societal monster. Otherwise the great suffering that has been caused is essentially without positive purpose.

Left resents Trump’s success

Why do the Democrats want to impeach President Trump? Is it because he wants to keep America free, strong and safe? Or could it be that his presidency has caused the stock market to boom, businesses to come back to our shores and job numbers to rise?

Bipartisanship needed on climate

Ben Wolfgang’s coverage of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Nov. 15 (“Republicans, Democrats brainstorm on plan to reduce greenhouse gas,” Web) was a breath of fresh air. It’s just this sort of bipartisan deliberation, combined with an understanding of public-private innovation and initiatives, that will help us going forward. The work we have ahead of us cannot be something that one party, one sector or one nation can undertake.

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'War' on police a cry for justice

There is no war on cops ("Why the war on cops is a war on all of us," Web, July 19). There is no "guerrilla action" being taken against our country's police force by the political left. And there is no widespread campaign to paint all law-enforcement officers with the same brush. But there is criticism. And it's largely fair.

GOP losing adherents

The Republican Party and I are done. My friends and I are haggling over whether to un-register ourselves and totally opt out of the system or just sit on the sidelines until hell freezes over and the Republican Party supports its elected president. Absent a change of heart to support the president as the leader of the Party, I am resolved.

Support your president

The recent headlines regarding Republicans backing off support of President Donald Trump are as wrong as the actions of the anti-Trump Republicans themselves. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Mike Lee tried to derail Mr. Trump's nomination at the Republican Convention. Meesrs. McCain, Flake and Graham were part of the 'gang of four' that joined with Democrats to pass the Senate immigration-reform bill against the will of the majority of Republicans.

A health care fit for everyone?

The best solution to Obamacare is to repeal it and not replace it. Get government out of health care and let the free market take care of things. But we all know that will never happen, because once you give someone something for nothing, you have a problem taking it away.

Make students employable again

There has been much talk about the student-loan crisis. There is indeed a crisis, with nearly $1.5 trillion owed. Many of the students who have taken out these loans are not able to repay because they have 'gifted' themselves with degrees in various fashionable fields of so-called 'studies,' fields with no hope of leading to employment in the students' chosen (counselor-suggested) avocation. The solution to this problem is obvious but not easy.

Trump's on-track

Draining the swamp takes time, even if the swamp is in your own backyard. Look how many years the slime had been accumulating. Now we have someone who really cares about America and is doing his best to find the most trustworthy people with whom to surround himself. Gen. John Kelly is the latest such individual, as President Trump fine-tunes his staff, cabinet and administration.

Let market call insurance's future

After just seven years it appears we have a health care crisis because the federal government tried to manipulate and take over the health- insurance industry -- and failed. Now that the Republicans are at the helm of government, it is clear they squandered the past seven years by not having an alternative plan.

Congress, learn from Parliament

As a naturalized American with a strong British heritage, I have watched with increasing amazement the total incompetence of congressional members to avoid what will now become the collapse of the American health-care system.

Trump right on military move

There is something to be said of President Trump's tweet to keep transgender people out of the military ("Trump issues edict: Transgender troops will not serve in U.S. military," Web, July 26). As a combat-wounded Marine Vietnam veteran and former law-enforcement officer I have dealt with just about every type of human being on the face of the planet. When it comes to people who are different from most (in this case, meaning heterosexuals) we must understand they are wired differently.

Use modern 'fireside chats' with caution

After reading Daniel Gallington's insightful op-ed ("President Trumps tweets," Web, July 17) I am struck by another unique aspect of the tweeting experience: the intimacy of it. Although intimacy has its dangerous side, we are inescapably drawn to it like moths to a flame.

Taking offense at history backfires

Last week in Fairfax people voted to erase the name of Confederate Army Gen. J.E.B. "Jeb" Stuart from a high school. Assisting in this, from a great distance, was celebrity Julianne Moore, who is apparently still offended and bothered by the name of her former high school from some 30-plus years ago. Most people leave high school behind when they leave to pursue other things in life, but evidently not Ms. Moore.

Massive downsizing needed

In this era of "fake news," remorseless facts remain. The Medicare trustees have warned for more than a decade now of a coming negative cash flow and a "trust fund" depleted in 2029. Its report released earlier this month has been misleadingly characterized as positive. Only in Washington doublespeak can long-term shortfalls of $49 trillion be considered welcome. Medicare's chasm can barely be comprehended (it is nearly triple the U.S. GDP). While America has made peace with chronic deficits for several generations now, the bill is quickly coming due.

Politicians, not talk radio, to blame

This week Sen. John McCain returned to the Senate to chastise his fellow senators for, among other things, listening to the loud, bombastic voices of talk radio. In so doing, Mr. McCain made clear that our problem isn't talk radio, but is instead the swamp that is Washington.

Kudos to Trump on military move

President Trump deserves a lot of credit for making the difficult decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military. It is an important first step toward restoring American military might.

Good science not fear mongering

Richard Berman's recent op-ed in the Times ("Peddlers of junk science," Web, July 24) was intended to be about misinformation, but instead was an example of it. If Mr. Berman had bothered to do his research on Environmental Defense Fund, or had even just read The Washington Times, he'd know EDF has a reputation for working constructively with both Democrats and Republicans. For example, last year we joined with Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, to pass smart chemical-safety reform.

Trump cabinet infiltrated?

It looks as though President Trump is having problems with his cabinet (Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions, to name a couple). It seems the "deep state," with the help of President Obama's National Security Agency, has some compromising evidence on members of the Trump administration.

State sentenced baby to death

The Charlie Gard case has exposed forever hereafter the ideological hypocrisy of "experts" for "the state" ("Charlie Gard's fate was at mercy of British government, not parents," Web, July 24). The state affirms a woman's right to choose to kill her unborn child but simultaneously denies the right of two loving parents to choose to save the life of their born son.

Let market decide insurance fate

The man-made disaster we call Obamacare needs to be repealed -- and not replaced with anything. Millions of people were forced to give up health-insurance policies with which they were perfectly happy, so claims that "millions will lose their coverage" when Obamacare hits the dumpster ring hollow. Millions of Americans have signed up kicking and screaming because they want medical insurance, while millions more signed up on the miserable exchange website only because the IRS would levy fines on them if they didn't.

Current bill worse than status quo

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a cruel proposal. It guts Medicaid, an insurance program on which 74 million Americans -- including many seniors living in nursing homes -- rely. Millions of others covered under the Affordable Care Act will be subject to new, skyrocketing premiums, higher co-pays and reduced coverage, if they can afford insurance at all.