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Recall Swalwell now

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell has threatened gun-owning American citizens with nuclear strikes if we refuse to surrender our firearms (“Democratic Rep. Swalwell warns gun owners that ‘government has nukes,’” Web, Nov. 16). Just who in the military do you think will use a nuke on a U.S. citizen or group of citizens for exercising their constitutional rights, Mr. Swalwell?

Boot Hamas from Gaza

Following the 2014 Hamas-Israel conflict, the United Nations (no friend of Israel) reported that Israel had a right to prevent weapons getting into Gaza. After the recent weeks of attacks on Israel’s Gaza border and the firing of 500 rockets in one day, including tank missiles, at Israeli civilian targets, there can be no further disagreement that Israel is fully justified in its embargo.

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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.

Don't allow third world war

President Trump's recent Twitter warning to Iran came as a shock to me ("Trump steps up pressure, but Iran says it's 'unimpressed,'" Web, July 24). I am amazed that we, the United States of America, would be willing to start an all-out war over a simple threat.

Thank, don't sue, Big Oil

Instead of filing a lawsuit to hold oil companies financially responsible for global warming (because of some misguided, maybe even coercive, thinking by local politicians), Baltimore should publicly thank oil companies for providing reliable, efficient and relatively inexpensive supplies of energy ("Baltimore is latest U.S. city to file lawsuit against Big Oil," Web, July 20). The American public demands this energy to fuel (pun intended) its economy and society. The availability of plentiful energy has directly contributed to raising the standard of living for generations of Americans, and brought untold prosperity to this nation — Baltimore included.

Out-of-touch Congress

I am very disappointed with the Democratic Party and its candidates for the House and Senate, as well as its current members of the House and Senate. I think we sorely need more Bobby Kennedys, and there are few in sight.

Stalinism's religious work roots

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added a Stalinist flavor to Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren's numerous socialist proposals ("Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won't say if she'd back Nancy Pelosi for speaker," Web, July 22). She wants government-guaranteed jobs. In his days of building socialism, Stalin was more direct than Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

Siren song of free stuff

As Democrats began to cast their votes in the 2016 primaries, it became clear that the voice of change coming from Sen. Bernie Sanders was resonating with many people. He spoke of free government health care, inexpensive college and an increase of the minimum wage — all good ideas to a confused and idealistic voter.

Media straining at gnats

While President Trump is working real miracles on our behalf, Hillary Clinton's blatant collusion with the Justice Department and the FBI to criminally interfere with a presidential election and a Democratic primary on her own behalf is ignored.

Cancer care still primitive

If ever there were a candidate for a failed institution, it would be the American Cancer Society and the standard of care that it supports ("New study reveals stunning results for cancer patients who opt for natural remedies," Web, July 19). Three decades ago there were 1,500 to 1,600 people per day dying of cancer — and it is the same now. Of course the ACS is bested by the American Diabetes Association. After three decades of their standard of care and supposed prevention, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic. The only thing that has improved overall in those years is the amount of money to be made from these diseases.