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Unions not above the law

Collusion between government and public-sector unions is nowhere more prevalent than in Washington state. Union leaders use the almost limitless supply of dues dollars at their disposal to fund the campaigns of political candidates — including Supreme Court justices — whom they're confident will return the favor by representing labor's interests rather than the interests of the voters. Published October 15, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listens during a talk about lowering the cost of prescription drug prices Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

'To form a more perfect union' or transform it

Not everyone is born for greatness, but most Americans try to do their part, in the words of the Constitution, "in order to form a more perfect union." Some, though, spend their days attempting to transform it. Republicans and Democrats alike believe it is they who are laboring to build a better nation and their political adversaries who are wrecking it. It's an ominous trend, especially heading into a presidential election season where victory and defeat hang in the balance. When the Democratic presidential contenders take the debate stage Tuesday in Ohio, voters should gauge whether they intend to support the union the Framers formed, in transform it. Published October 14, 2019

What about DC's name?

The DC Council, having denounced the discoverer of America with habitual nasty incivility, has decided to rename the Columbus Day national holiday "Indigenous Peoples' Day." But the evidently not-fully-'woke' councilors seem to have forgotten that the unabbreviated name of the jurisdiction they oversee is the District of Columbia, a form of the name Columbus. Maybe the councillors will next change the district name to the "District of Indigenous Peoples." The new abbreviation would say more about the collective mind of the council than anything else the group has done lately. Published October 14, 2019

Genders are unchangeable fact

Gender identity and gender are not synonymous. To hold them as such is unlawful. For a law to be just, it must be based on truth. History bears that out. Published October 14, 2019

What did Obama know and when?

With the Inspector General reports on wrongdoing by governmental officials looming on the horizon, no one has mentioned the proverbial elephant in the room — specifically, former President Obama, where the buck eventually stoped. Mr. Obama either knew about everything going on around him or at the very least created an atmosphere that enabled unelected officials to run amok and destroy the fundamentals of our democracy. Published October 13, 2019

Stand up to China

I would like the National Basketball Association to stand up to the Chinese dictatorship, but I am worried that it will back down ("NBA decides to remain silent for rest of China trip," Web, Oct. 11). No dictatorship has the right to tell any American how to define freedom of expression. When will this Chinese appeasement end? The federal government, both political parties, and Hollywood have all refused to stand up to Communist China. America turned its back on the country of Tibet; it is now the Tibetan region of China. Now America is turning its back on Hong Kong. Taiwan is next. We Americans need to oppose, not appease, all dictatorships. Published October 13, 2019

Christopher Columbus. (Image from Associated Press)

Renaming Columbus Day

In its latest spasm of virtue-signaling last week, the D.C. Council further burnished its far-left credentials by adopting "Indigenous Peoples' Day" as a legal holiday, replacing Columbus Day, to be observed Monday, Oct. 14. Published October 13, 2019

No right to force others

The transformed Democratic Party has embraced the failed, misguided promise of utopia as articulated in Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Published October 10, 2019

Impeachment not justified

There can't be a blanket rule that the president and Department of Justice are never allowed to investigate a political rival's overseas activities. This would confer immunity on criminals who subsequently run for president. But there also should not be an unfettered license for a president to use the DOJ as an instrument for seeking electoral advantage. Published October 10, 2019

House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., flanked by Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, left, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., criticizes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democrats for launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ms. Cheney: Declare war!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Congress and the White House are at yet another constitutional deadlock, this time over how the United States should proceed in the ongoing civil war in Syria. Published October 9, 2019

Fix surprise bills with benchmarks

We need to protect Americans from surprise medical bills. Unfortunately, North Caorlina State Sen. Todd Johnson's favored approach does not solve the problem ("Washington must solve the surprise medical billing crisis," Web, Oct. 3). Instead, it sets up a new bureaucracy that leaves Americans vulnerable to out-of-control health care prices. Published October 9, 2019

Anything to cover up corruption

The drip, drip, drip of insults hurled at President Trump by the political left and some on the right leaves one to wonder, Why? The investigations of Attorney General William Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham as well as the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are the key to understanding what is really going on here. Published October 9, 2019

FILE - This June 12, 2019, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Thursday, July 11, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for June. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Alarming deficit numbers

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic, Joseph Stalin is reputed to have observed. (And as one of the most prolific murderers of the 20th century, Old Joe should have known of what he spoke.) Likewise, losing 20 or even 100 bucks is deeply annoying. But losing $1 trillion? Why, that's mere statistic — indeed, to us mere mortals, $1 trillion is an unfathomable amount. Published October 8, 2019

Save the 'Skins

I am an 81-year-old former Redskins fan. I say "former" because I no longer expect to see the organization field a well-coached team of professional players, and therefore I don't much care anymore when they lose. Saving this franchise will require more than just replacing the coach. Published October 8, 2019

'Impeachers' still need draining

Over the past week, I have been mulling over the lies being sprinkled into the unvarnished truth of the actions of the Trump administration. Those lies are the promises the adamant Democrats and some ambivalent Republicans have made to us voters. They will not get our votes again. Published October 8, 2019

Flashes of the Dreyfus Affair

The news media is generally remarkably harsh on Republicans, and President Trump in particular. However, what the Democrats did to both Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh — with media support — was outrageous. It reminds me of what a kangaroo court did to Captain Alfred Dreyfus in France in the 1890s. That split apart French society in a serious way, and it seems to me that both the news media and the Democrats are splitting apart America now. I hope these parties reconsider their actions, conform to honest principles and begin acting in a more responsible way. Published October 7, 2019

The gun law that would work

Every day, hundreds of thousands of responsible, legally armed citizens move among us, all across America — on our streets, in our stores and elsewhere. We don't recognize them or even think of them because remarkably, in spite of their numbers, we never hear of one of them causing trouble with a gun, though they often put a stop to robberies and killings, usually without firing a shot. Published October 7, 2019

Traders Ashley Lara and John Santiago confer as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, extending the market's losing streak into a fourth week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Rocking the U.S. economy

Love makes the world go 'round, it is said, but it's money that greases its spin. When news arrives of a weakening economy, some looking out through the wrong end of binoculars can mistake a fly in the ointment for a wallet-ravaging behemoth. With proper perspective, there can be little doubt the U.S. economy under President Trump is on full throttle, and the roar means rising prosperity for American families. Published October 7, 2019

GOP should call Pelosi's bluff

Stephen Dinan carefully navigates through the legalities of whether the full House of Representatives must vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry ("Pelosi faces serious legal challenges to 'casual' impeachment inquiry," Web, Oct. 3). What is most salient here, however, is the reason for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's refusal to hold such a vote It is a blatant effort to shield vulnerable Democrats from having to go on the record with their positions. Published October 7, 2019