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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wade past a waterlogged path leading to the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. Myanmar on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, sharply rejected an attempt by the International Criminal Court to consider the country's culpability for activities that caused about 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh for safety. The office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's leader, said in a statement posted online that the court in the Netherlands has no jurisdiction over Myanmar because it is not a member state. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

It's genocide, Stupid

Only a year ago the military junta began a sustained assault on the people of Myanmar's Rohingya district. Over a period of three months, the generals engaged in a campaign of rape, murder and fire, slaying in cold blood thousands of innocents, and burning more than 300 villages, determined to drive out the Muslims who had lived there for centuries. Published August 14, 2018

No military weapons on streets

The controversy surrounding President Trump's military parade brings attention to the real and symbolic dangers of deploying military hardware, including combat weapons, military helicopters and heavy tracked vehicles, in American cities. However, these types of equipment are already being used by law enforcement agencies all over the country, often with little accountability or oversight. Published August 14, 2018

Every life matters

A recent picture of this week's Lafayette Park rally appeared to be mostly young misled people accusing President Trump of being a fascist and bigot, while holding signs that read: "No place for Facism," "No hate, no KKK and no Nazis in the USA." I, despite being one of their so-called "deplorables," am certainly with them in terms of being against the above-mentioned hate groups. However, another sign on the far left of the photo caught my eye. It read: "Your grandkid will be multi-racial." So, what's wrong with that? Is it mixed religions the sign-holder has trouble with, or the fact that future children might not have blond hair and blue eyes? Published August 14, 2018

A structure and vehicles burn in the wake of the Oak Fire Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, near Grass Valley, Calif. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

An environment to die for

Gold doesn't tarnish, but the Golden State lies blackened. It happens almost every year, but California's current bout of fast-burning wildfires, following last year's conflagrations, leads inevitably to a sobering thought: If communities built amid the picturesque West Coast wildlands can't be protected from rampaging flames when spring flowers and grasses turn tinder-dry in summer, maybe they shouldn't have been built there in the first place. Published August 13, 2018

Power switch would be disaster

Not enough attention is being paid to the economic effects that a November Democratic takeover of the House and Senate would bring to bear. Published August 13, 2018

Boot bad workers

Omarosa Manigault Newman is yet another example of someone who got caught abusing a government position and instead of admitting culpability and taking the consequences like a grown-up has decided to show the world she's a national security risk. Published August 13, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence, center, is greeted by Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan, left, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis before speaking at an event on the creation of a United States Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Back to the moon, and beyond

Judging from the reaction to Vice President Mike Pence's announcement last week that the administration wants to establish a U.S. Space Force, the public doesn't seem to care much about the great beyond, and certainly not an American dominance of it. Published August 12, 2018

Media aren't doing their job

Is the press the enemy of the people? Well, we see hourly and daily that 90 percent of the mainstream press is the sworn enemy of President Trump, his administration and of their accomplishments. Published August 12, 2018

Goodell unfit for job

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't got anything right on any subject, with any player, on any team ("Roger Goodell gets one right," Web, May 24). Everything he touches turns into an extended, drama-filled catastrophe. Published August 12, 2018

Stop rewarding the mob

As a white man, I have grown weary of charges of toxic masculinity and worse. As a lifelong registered Democrat I am pained to write that the toxicity and harassment (with the possible exception of the commander-in-chief) appears to come from Democrats. ("UGA dean apologizes to Twitter mob congratulating GOP nominee Brian Kemp," Web, July 30). Published August 9, 2018

National security adviser John Bolton speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Washington. The White House says President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hiccups en route to peace

The path to de-nuclearizing North Korea hasn't even begun, and the early optimism of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has given way to a starkly different reality of stalled progress and back and forth barbs in the diplomatic backwash of reality. Published August 9, 2018

Trump two-faced on tariffs

As a conservative independent I agree with some of President Trump's domestic policies, but he is two-faced concerning foreign trade. Published August 9, 2018

No citizenship for law breakers

The lie that the federal judiciary is legislating constitutionally from the bench was exposed last Friday, when U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled that the government must restart the DACA program ("Federal judge orders Trump admin to restart DACA program," Web, Aug. 3 Published August 8, 2018

Freebies would cost us dearly

Democrats have become unhinged with this mindset of free college tuition and health care for all, as they embrace the nonsensical philosophy of this socialist from the Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ("Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on upper-middle class, 'soccer moms': 'That's not America anymore!'" Web, Aug. 8). Published August 8, 2018

People demonstrate in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday Aug. 1, 2018, as the new ban on garments covering the face is implemented. Supporters and opponents of a ban on garments covering the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, clashed verbally Wednesday as the law takes effect. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Denmark bans the Islamic veil

There's something rotten in Denmark. But don't take it from us (or from the Bard), but from the Danes themselves. Published August 8, 2018

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. Published August 7, 2018

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? Published August 7, 2018

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows a marijuana bud before harvesting near Corvallis, Ore. A new report by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area finds that Oregon is producing 2 million pounds of cannabis, about five times more than the demand in the state of about 4 million people. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

When smart goes up in smoke

It's good to be smart. Nearly everybody craves the company of the brainy and bright. Smart people usually surround themselves with the intelligent gadgetry of modernity — smart phones, smart cars, smart watches, smart TVs, even smart fridges that can recite recipes and stream video on demand. It is true, of course, that gadgets can be become addictive. Then acquiring the latest expensive iFrill is not so smart. Published August 7, 2018

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." Published August 6, 2018

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. Published August 6, 2018