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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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Ostrich is no mascot

Riots and the pandemic will both sputter out in time. I think the more crucial distinction between President Trump and Joe Biden is policy differences. Identity and grievance politics wrapped in a tight parcel of social justice and bound with the tinsel of intersectionality may suffice for Democratic true believers, but thoughtful voters of all stripes — those who stand apart from the mindless and numbing hoopla of professional political hucksters — desire serious discussions, for they can distinguish policy from persona.

No leader is perfect

A committee has suggested that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have the names of the Founding Fathers removed from several buildings, streets and places in Washington due to the connection of those "historical namesakes" to slavery and oppression.

Pelosi's 'set-up' defense malarky

I read with humor about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's arrogant disregard of San Francisco's COVID-19 rules and her absurd defense ("Nancy Pelosi says she was 'set up' by San Francisco salon," Web, Sept. 2). The third most powerful person in the U.S. screamed when caught that she was "set up." Huh. No one held a gun to her head or forced her in any way to break the rules by not wearing a mask and visiting a business supposedly "closed" by coronavirus-prevention rules. She broke them, and aided all those in the shop who were assisting her in doing it.

Athletes, no one asked you

I can't believe the National Basketball Association isn't aware that they are in the middle of a huge, self-inflicted public relations nightmare ("Trump says NBA turning into a 'political organization,'" Web, Aug. 27). As an NBA fan I was disappointed when they shut down in March. When I heard they were starting up again I was excited and looking forward to the restart. But what did I see that first two weeks before I turned them off? They forced a narrative on me and millions of other Americans that the majority of white Americans are racists. They painted the majority of law-enforcement officers as both corrupt and racist.

U.S. weakening; enemies know it

With universal mail-in voting and additional weakening of our election laws, there is no way we will know who has won the presidential election the night of Election Day. There will be delays, challenges and lawsuits galore, and all of this could mean months of delay. Trump will be president for the roughly two months following Election Day. The political left will, of course, accuse him of "stealing" the election. If there is no declared winner by Jan. 20, 2021, Nancy Pelosi, as speaker of the House, will automatically become interim president. These events will lead to a constitutional crisis, be historically unprecedented and tear this country apart.

Left creates problems to 'solve'

Notice the similarity in appearance and behavior between the Islamic State and antifa. A classic way to attain power is to create a non-issue and then 'solve' it. The Democrats have over-reached, accusing President Trump of the things they were doing during the Obama sdministration. It began with the "Russian collusion" claim that lead to a costly, bogus, two-year investigation. Then it was Trump inquiring about Joe Biden's Ukrainian quid pro quo, which they flipped into a presidential impeachment. After that it was conflating cases of COVID-19 with the mortality rate of the virus. All of this is total nonsense. Yet Trump continued to work quietly for the American people while keeping the elites, disguised as Democrats, at bay.

End of the Kennedy era

The loss by Joe Kennedy III in the Democratic senatorial primary marks the end of the Kennedy dynasty in the Bay State ("Ed Markey fends off challenger Joe Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary," Web, Sept. 1). It is for the best.

Air conventions in full

The TV stations and cable networks should commit to carrying the primetime portions of both the Republican and Democratic national conventions without interruptions or commentary. The convention is the one opportunity, every four years, for each party to explain its positions, goals and views to the American people. The parties choose their speakers and videos carefully to get their messages across. When networks choose to air some portions of a convention but not others, they are in essence injecting their own views of what they think is important and what Americans should see.

Invoke Insurrection Act now

The insurrection now going on in America should prompt the president to invoke the Insurrection Act and deploy it in cities where Black Lives Matter, antifa and other similarly aligned organizations are embarking on a violent campaign to destroy infrastructure, private property and free speech.

'Unsafe'? More like unprofitable

What has been amply demonstrated by the past six months of reactions to hydroxychloroquine from the research community, the medical profession, and Anthony Fauci? That you cannot trust a word out of any of these people's mouths ("Hydroxychloroquine 'very safe,' says Dr. Scott Atlas; blasts 'garbage' medical studies," Web, Aug. 29).

Defunding, looting keep poor down

Is it reasonable to believe that one may break the law, then verbally and physically abuse the person attempting their arrest -- and yet be totally innocent of resulting outcomes? Is it reasonable to believe the person involved in criminal behavior has no responsibility to peacefully submit to authority? Certainly not. This foolish attitude has gained considerable currency in our society, but such "thinking" urges the poor and ill-informed to follow a downward path — a path of self-destructive, criminal behavior.

Absentee voting not the problem

In his op-ed, "'Sell the Postal Service!'" (Web, Aug. 26) Andrew Napolitano writes, "President Trump — who has voted by mail since changing his lawful residence from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida, last year — has been arguing persistently that voting by mail is inherently corrupt and untrustworthy." This sentence is disingenuous since, if Mr. Napolitano knows what President Trump is arguing regarding mail-in votes, he also also knows that Mr. Trump's absentee voting, which the president supports for all voters, is not the problematic issue.

Democrats, not Trump, polarizing

I am done with hearing political pundits reflexively characterizing the Trump presidency as "polarizing," oblivious of the far greater destructive polarization of identity politics — a political strategy the president instinctively rejects but which liberal Democrats, including Barack Obama and Joe Biden, fully embrace.

Mountain out of a molehill?

It is tempting to call out Illinois politician Jeanne Ives' remarks regarding Rep. Sean Casten's joking comment about "fragile masculinity" as a case of the pot calling the kettle black ("Rep. Sean Casten: 'Small genitals' not 'sufficient reason to own a gun,'" Web, Aug. 28). Ms. Ives' tirade suggested that Mr. Casten's joke reflected on his character and ability to represent voters. But during her losing primary race for governor, Ms. Ives referred to same-sex marriage as a "completely disordered relationship" and said the LGBTQ community was trying to "weasel their way into acceptability." During the same race she ran a bigoted and offensive TV attack ad that featured actors portraying stereotypes of a transgendered woman, an anti-facist protester, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and a Women's March activist.

RNC a show of triumph

The 2020 Republican National Convention was a stunning and flawless production unmatched in history. It was a paean of unprecedented achievement by President Trump, evidenced by an endless parade of impassioned and grateful patriots from every aspect of American life, each presenting their unique perspective. The grand finale of ingenious fireworks and the Italian baritone on the balcony were the icing on the cake.

Despite rough seas, U.S. still great

Americans are living through some true trials and tribulations, but the bottom line is this: When you cut through all the incredible ups and downs of this historical year — the novel coronavirus, the shutdowns, the protests, the looting and all the current national division — there is still no better place in the world to live than the United States of America.

Borders matter -- sometimes

Antifa rioters and looters destroying the cities of Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, have claimed that the recent shootings there are being stirred up by 'out-of-state actors,' and they are trying to get the courts to charge counter-protesters with cross-state crimes.

Promises don't address real needs

The American politician, whether running for Congress or the presidency, spends almost every waking hour pleading with donors, real or hopeful, for contributions to their electoral campaigns. In 2016, Hillary Clinton raised over $500 million for her campaign; Donald Trump, much less (though still over $100 million). Both welcomed money from U.S. and foreign donors.