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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The perilous politics of impeachment

Impeachment is a fool's errand. But the beat goes on — that is, the one determined to beat down Donald Trump. Published September 25, 2019

Trudeau deserves forgiveness

In the age of the Internet, there is a new public figure at the center of a scandal every week ("Justin Trudeau's support holds amid 'brownface' scandal: 'I think he is drawing some sympathy,'" Web, Sept. 22). As a society, it is imperative that we learn to forgive mistakes made decades ago. Published September 25, 2019

'Low-fat' is low science

The winner of the 1926 Tour de France described his diet for the race as consisting of raw eggs, raw meat and a stick of butter. My, how things have changed ("A spoonful less sugar, tad more fat: US diets still lacking," Web, Sept. 24). Now the cyclists cannot mount their bikes without a sugary gel, bottles of Gatorade and whatever else the sports-food/-drink industry is pushing, which is definitely not raw meat. Published September 25, 2019

Signs supporting D.C. statehood are on display outside an early voting place on in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Why D.C. statehood is still a bad idea

No matter how ill-advised or how unmoored from the U.S. Constitution their policies and programs are, liberals refuse to take "no" for an answer. Their strategy is to wear down and outlast opposition to their bad public-policy prescriptions. Two prime examples: Liberals unsuccessfully pushed for decades, beginning with a 1972 federal lawsuit, for the legalization of same-sex marriage, until five unelected U.S. Supreme Court justices gave it to them by fiat in June 2015. Then there's the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which was also first proposed in 1972. Radical feminists to this day are seeking to resurrect the ERA from the constitutional crypt, even though its ratification deadline came and went in 1979. (In a textbook example of changing the rules in the middle of the game — liberals then demanded and won a three-year extension of the deadline till 1982, but it still failed to garner ratification by the requisite 38 states.) Published September 24, 2019

Remember left's corruption

The collaboration of the mainstream media and "deep state" unelected bureaucrats with corrupt, anti-Trump politicians over these past three years has now gained momentum, with so-called moderate Democratic representatives joining the chorus of Rep. Jerry Nadler in seeking the impeachment of President Trump. Published September 24, 2019

Urge Kim to lose nukes

As a world leader, President Trump should use his impressive role to motivate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to address the enduring issue of North Korea's nuclear program ("South Korea presses Trump for softer U.S. approach to North Korea nuke talks," Web, Sept. 23). Other world leaders ought to corroborate the Trump narrative by putting away any national interests which pose a threat to world peace. Published September 24, 2019

A panel addresses attendees at the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Saving the planet, not the people

Saving the world is the holy grail of each generation. Superheroes who used to come to the rescue in comic books now do it digitally. In this era of global consciousness, regular folks can roll up their sleeves and join the ranks of the adored. Now it's called saving the planet, and it doesn't require a cape and tights. The only prerequisite is a willingness to turn thumbs up for environmental activism, and the United Nations is all thumbs with its Climate Action Summit, a warm-up act for the U.N. General Assembly opening on Tuesday in New York. Published September 23, 2019

Left abandoned self-sufficiency

I'm a lifelong independent voter, age 74. For pretty much all of my life, the adage I've adopted has been, "Teach a man to fish, and he will survive on his own." Today, when I listen to the Democrats, teaching citizens to fend for themselves is not part or their discussion. I don't see that as a long-term plan for success or survival. If this blatant omission continues to be part of the Democrats' game plan, they will lose my vote. Published September 23, 2019

Bidens' was real foreign meddling

President Trump is right to seek an investigatation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, regarding their potentially illegal involvement in Ukraine's putsch-created/fascist-leaning government ("Biden son's questionable business deals in Ukraine become campaign liability," Web, Sept. 22). In fact, we need a far wider investigation into people in the State Department who reportedly derailed the democratic process in Ukraine by encouraging murdering mobs, which resulted in the overthrow of Ukraine's democratically elected leader, Victor Yanukovich, and started the war. Published September 23, 2019

This July 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside of the Twitter office building in San Francisco. Social media platforms are facing intense, often contradictory demands from Washington to oversee internet content without infringing on First Amendment rights. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Drugs and the Web and Section 230

It's impossible to surf the Web without encountering ads promoting the sale of stimulants, weight loss pills, remedies for dysfunction, and other pseudo-pharmaceuticals. They're ubiquitous and, for the folks who sell these modern-day patent medicines, highly lucrative. Published September 22, 2019

Climate bogeyman

The Washington Times and many media outlets have printed stories about Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and other children frightened of climate change ("Prophet or puppet? Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg's arrival ignites exploitation debate," Web, Aug. 29). I've spent thousands of hours studying the issue and have come up with questions for Greta et al. I can't answer these questions and neither, it seems, can Greta and her friends. Published September 22, 2019

Pro-lifers gain ground

The article "Obamacare mandate eyed as a cause for record decline in abortions" (Web, Sept. 18) suggests several reasons for the decline of abortion. One very likely cause is that pro-abortion women are aborting their children who, if allowed to be born, would probably have grown up to be pro-abortion as well. Pro-life women are giving birth to their children and raising them to be pro-life. Therefore, most of the children born in the U.S. since January 1973 are the result of mothers who chose life. Published September 22, 2019

A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth at a polling place Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Keeping elections free of fraud

Americans accustomed to the feel of a rock-solid republic may be vexed by tremors in the body politic. Some of the bad vibrations are clearly the repercussions of the two predominant political parties arrayed in thunderous battle against each other. Building in intensity, though, is a throbbing sense that the nation is losing its ability for holding fair elections to public office. On the threshold of the 2020 presidential campaign, voters must hold to account any faction scheming to fiddle with voting machines or with voters' heads. Published September 19, 2019

Boy's blindness parent's fault

The mother of a British teen who went legally blind after eating a junk-food diet of only potato chips, french fries and the like for over a decade (resulting in a vitamin A deficiency) blames the British government and its health care system for her son's illness ("U.K. boy blinded by bad eating is product of bad parenting," Web, Sept. 3). The boy ate virtually no fruits or vegetables. Published September 19, 2019

U.S. must avoid Iran attack

As a longtime admirer of Clifford May and John Bolton, I was disappointed to read Mr. May's recent piece, "If John Bolton still had the president's ear, he'd counsel against appeasing Iran" (Web, Sept. 17). Published September 19, 2019

Let Taiwan into U.N. now

Kudos for writing and presenting a thoughtful and reasoned editorial that calls on President Trump to support Taiwan joining the U.N. ("Advancing Taiwan's status at the U.N.," Web, Sept. 16). Published September 18, 2019

Why silence on drug deaths?

Unnecessary loss of human life is tragic irrespective of the cause. Thus, it seems beyond strange to learn that drug deaths occur six times more frequently than gun homicides — but are dismissed with scarcely a note of concern. Indeed, we are told these fatalities (70,000 per year) are "non-violent." Does that mean they should be ignored and drug use should be more broadly legalized and accepted as a societal norm? Published September 18, 2019

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, center, walks to the grand concourse during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Weld, Sanford and Walsh miss the forest for the trees

One of the questions in Philosophy 101 that leaves collegians scratching their chins asks: "If a tree falls in the woods, and there's no one there to hear it, did it make a sound?" Published September 18, 2019

Talk about the economy, stupid

Surely the America public is being well entertained by the bizarre antics on display in the Democratic presidential debates. One has to step back occasionally and ponder: Do adults of normal intelligence really believe this stuff? Published September 17, 2019

Trying to win at all costs

When is it going to end? Democrats, led by Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and his band of idiots, are trying to stage their own "March to the Sea," laying down a wide swath of destructive innuendos and accusations, and threatening to impeach anyone backing President Trump. Published September 17, 2019