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Left relishing Ford accusations

Politically, the Democrats have much more to gain if U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gets seated with the Christine Blasey Ford allegations unresolved. If Sen. Dianne Feinstein had divulged the information when she had first acquired it or soon enough afterward to lay the matter to rest, the Democrats would have missed their chance to delegitimize a future Supreme Court decision. However, under the new judicial standards set forth by the #MeToo movement, Judge Kavanaugh will be seated as a guilty judge, rendering any split verdicts illegitimate in the eyes of the Democrats’ base.

What about war on men?

The same people who invented a “war on women” have unleashed over time a real and virulent war on men, a war that casts aside justice and ignores basic rights.

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Memo to Hillary: Let go

At a recent Yale University graduation speech, Hillary Clinton admitted that she is still not over losing the 2016 presidential election. Does it ever end? She even has sweet little daughter Chelsea on an eviscerating rant against President Trump during her current book tour of the United Kingdom.

Navy commanders not to blame

The real culprit of the U.S. Navy's lack of readiness isn't in the dock ("USS Fitzgerald commander says Navy staged public smear campaign in deadly collision," Web, May 22). It is the presidency of Barack Obama. It was the Obama administration's penny-pinching defense budgets that created the Navy's unpreparedness.

'Protesters' mostly terrorists

Thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed in Syria by a combination of the Syrian armed forces, Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. In addition, devastation has been brought to their neighborhoods. Yet American media coverage of this has been almost absent.

Where's the 91-octane?

Driving into a gas station to purchase premium gasoline for an automobile requiring it is now almost impossible. Just about all the consumer can find is "super premium" or some other, equivalent-named product that has more octane than the automobile requires.

GOP should offer climate fixes

During a recent hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Mo Brooks, Alabama Republican, claimed that Antarctica will have more ice because of global warming. However, Mr. Brooks highlighted ice gains from increased precipitation while ignoring the continent's greater loss of ice caused by melting.

U.S. not only 'safe' nation

The long-standing and salient principle of international law on asylum is that those seeking it beyond their own border are supposed to make their claim for sanctuary in the "first safe country" they come to. Even if we ignore any intervening Central American countries, the caravan of 1,000 illegals may have traversed on their way to the United States, it's clear the foreign travelers arrived at a viable asylum country when they reached Mexico. And some did claim asylum there.

Iran wouldn't risk more casualties

While some assume that our more aggressive Iran policy may lead to war in the not-too-distant future, the odds are that not only will it not lead to war, but it may help us avoid future wars, too ("Peace in the Middle East," Web, May 20). Contrary to the claims of our allies, which are party to the Iranian nuclear agreement, the terms of that document do not prevent the almost immediate possession of nuclear weapons by Iran and the means to deliver them.

Infection from tested cats unlikely

As a veterinarian, I can confirm that columnist Derek Hunter is right: Euthanizing hundreds of healthy kittens no longer needed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's toxoplasmosis research without any effort to adopt them into loving homes is unnecessary and inhumane ("Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty," Web, May 22).

Reassign area codes

Most gang members wear clothing, have tattoos, flash hand signs and/or draw graffiti that identifies their gang affiliations. A large number of the tattoos and urban art contain the telephone area code identifying the gang's city, county or region of control. If telephone area codes within certain metropolitan locations were changed, gang tattoos, graffiti and hand signs would be rendered inaccurate, outdated and confusing.

USDA right on cat matter

Derek Hunter's op-ed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research involving cats contained misinformation and hyperbole that deserve a response ("Ending taxpayer-funded kitty cruelty," Web, May 22).

Navarro needs rebuke

Political commentator and fake Republican strategist Ana Navarro not only once called President Trump a "man-baby," but in 2016 she tweeted: "Should Donald Trump drop out of the race? Yes. He should drop out of the human race. He is an animal. Apologies to animals."

Fewer lowering the flag

I don't know if I'm sad or angry. Some 20 to 40 years ago when our president ordered the American flag to half-mast, almost all flags were lowered in order to honor those the president was trying to honor. Today we are lucky if half the flags are lowered.

Israeli-Arab solution

What is wrong with the Arabs who have called themselves Palestinians since 1964, when the PLO was founded in Egypt to get rid of the "infidels" in the Middle East and North Africa ("Pending power vacuum: Younger Palestinians despair over aging, flailing leadership," Web, May 21)?

Veggies are safe barbecue choices

What happened to the good old days, when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Folks planning to dust off their outdoor grills this holiday weekend face a nasty choice: If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella, but if they raise the temperature to kill these bacteria, they run the risk of creating carcinogenic meat. (The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature when cooking, but our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.)

Growing divide contributes to violence

Once again the nation is subjected to violence in our schools — and once again we hear partisan cries for "gun control" as the solution. No, this is not the solution. The danger is that it clouds recognition of many factors that contribute to increased violence, principally the constant hysterical attacks on our president, which undermines national stability. Youngsters are easily influenced by a hatred-filled atmosphere.

At last, justice for Hillary?

The real investigations concerning Hillary Rodham Clinton and her boss have finally begun ("Trump 'takes charge' of deep state influence," Web, May 20). Stay tuned. The supposed investigation of Russian collusion will be found only to apply to Mrs. Clinton and those high up at the FBI, Justice Department and more. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was only there to postpone the inevitable after the shocking election result.

Trump's federal disclosure

"Trump met federal disclosure requirement by reimbursing Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment: Government" (Web, May 16) is generally factual. However, the piece implies that controversy remains about whether the disclosure under the 1978 Ethics In Government Act was timely.

Who wants that award, anyway?

Your 17 May editorial, "A bad week for Democrats," says President Trump is not likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize. That's a no-brainer, because he's even less likely to accept it. He wouldn't want his name sullied by association with the likes of Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat. Knowing this, the Nobel Committee wouldn't embarrass themselves by doing the right thing.

U.S. losing people, jobs, revenue

It is expected that a U.S. president address the major concerns of citizens during his term in office. In 2016 more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, including from illicit and prescription opioids. About 17,000 deaths, including more than 15,000 from heroin, were from all illicit drugs. More than 99 percent of illegal drugs are shipped from Mexico.