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Disarmament despots' first move

John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court justice, recently called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and is encouraging anti-gun protesters to do the same ("Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment," Web, March 27). Justice Stevens argued that the amendment — which states that "a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" — is a "relic of the 18th century." Justice Stevens is emphatically wrong. Published April 2, 2018

Roseanne Barr sits down for an interview with ABC's "20/20" to discuss the return of her iconic television show. (Image: ABC screenshot)

A nice hand for the big lady

The revolution, when it comes, won't be on television, to the disappointment of couch potatoes everywhere, but there's already "the resistance," which is on a channel near you. In the 14 months since Donald Trump became president, "resistance" programming has dominated the air waves, and cable and satellite, too. Published April 1, 2018

Article V the answer

Thank you, ruling elite, for kicking the can down the road again with the staggering $1.3-trillion omnibus and making all of us taxpayers subject to the insatiable appetite of Beltway politicians. The total debt now owed by the United States is $21 trillion-plus and counting. Published April 1, 2018

GPOs a solution to rising costs

Despite some progress and a decline in the number of new shortages, critical prescription-drug shortages continue to jeopardize patient access to medications. Unfortunately "When shortages strike medical supplies" (Web, March 14) is long on conspiracy theory and short on actual supply-chain experience or solutions. Published April 1, 2018

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Catholic holds a wooden cross during a procession ahead of Palm Sunday in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of Easter, celebrated by both Orthodox and Catholic believers on April 16 processions of priests clad in golden robes carrying foliage on Palm Sunday in a recreation of Jesus' ride into Jerusalem, mixed with more commercial flavored celebrations like an Easter fair outside the giant palace built by late Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu where entertainers strutted around wearing giant rabbit heads.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The Passion of the Christ from the Gospel of Mark

Straightaway in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. Published March 29, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. Federal judges ruled Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, that North Carolina's congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone. (Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Taking politics out of politics

If he were with us today, Elbridge Gerry would have no doubt filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in behalf of Democrats in Maryland to defend the way they drew the congressional districts expressly to transform the Republican-friendly 6th Congressional District into a reliably Democratic district. Published March 28, 2018

Amendment not militia-only

If the U.S. Constitution stated, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear children, shall not be infringed," would gun-ban activists assert that only militia members may have children? Published March 28, 2018

No more intrusion from businesses

I am glad that social media users and government officials are now interested in some sort of right to privacy ("Facebook under fire as prosecutors, Congress confirm investigation," Web, March 26). I don't think online companies, such as Facebook, should be allowed to collect any personal information or track the online activities of their users. In fact, I don't think that "off-line" companies should be allowed to store, use or sell the personal information of their customers, either. Published March 28, 2018

FILE- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Illinois gun owners and supporters file out National Rifle Association applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) **FILE**

Voices of the gun

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment are not the same thing, though the people who are terrified of guns, and who mostly have never held one in their hands, try to make villains of both. Published March 27, 2018

Really 'drain swamp' in November

While there is a great deal of blame to go around for the monstrous budget "deal," we should not forget ourselves. Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time. The political version is sending the same people back to Washington and expecting them to behave differently. Published March 27, 2018

Don't change policy now

Under the Obama administration the Federal Reserve determined that the economy had a real risk of declining — so it greatly lowered interest rates and decided to print $3 trillion in U.S. currency. If the Fed had not done this and the forecast had come true, the prior administration would have been forced to improve its economic program or face a real economic problem. Published March 27, 2018

The Cold War is back

Who says Donald Trump can't get tough with Russians? The president's order on Monday to send 60 Russian "diplomats" home, joining Canada, Poland, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany among other European nations, is welcome solidarity with Britain. It's in answer to the poisoning of a onetime Russian spy and his daughter as they sat on a public bench March 4 in the English provincial town of Salisbury. Britain had earlier expelled 23 "diplomats." Published March 26, 2018

No online or show 'loopholes'

When will gun-control activists get informed of actual facts? There is no "gun show loophole" or "online purchase loophole." For online purchases, a seller must ship the gun to a licensed dealer, who must then run a background check before handing the gun over to the buyer. A dealer at a gun show must also run a background check before the gun changes hands. Sometimes these are completed within minutes, sometimes in a day or two. Published March 26, 2018

If true, affairs are private matter

Some women of highly questionable virtue are seeking to smear President Trump by disclosing lurid and prurient details of affairs they allege they had with him several years ago when he was a private citizen. There is no doubt that their puppeteers are the ones who seek to drive Mr. Trump from office and sought to illegally deny him election victory. Published March 26, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to reporters about the massive government spending bill moving through Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. The bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican spending Democrats are proud of

The Democrats are proud of their small string of triumphs in off-season congressional races, but there's growing evidence that the Democratic leadership may not need to elect more Democrats. The Republicans will enact their agenda for them. Published March 25, 2018

A woman waves a Brazilian flag outside the Supreme Court in favor of arresting former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, March 22, 2018. Da Silva launched a book last week in which he says he is "ready" to go to jail and serve a 12-year and one-month sentence on a corruption charge conviction. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Not good for nothing, after all

American white men are just no darn good, if you listen to the embittered ladies of the radical feminist persuasion and their enablers in the media and in certain halls of learning, but the good news is that they're apparently not good for nothing. Published March 25, 2018

Start national lottery

There are several national lotteries internationally. The Irish government authorized the Irish Sweepstakes in 1930 to benefit hospitals. The Australian lotteries go to many social programs. The Canadian lottery does the same. Good causes across Europe benefit from EuroMillions. Published March 25, 2018

Measure progress better

Our president is unique in many ways, most of which are unflattering. However, he has one very frightening similarity with many of the other world leaders: A hyper-emphasis on besting his counterparts. This trait has created a global culture where success is measured not by whether we are being the best humans we can be, but rather whether we are doing better than other nations. This system of measurement would work if the leading nation were a perfect utopia, but I think we can all agree that type of country doesn't exist in this world. Published March 25, 2018

This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaking during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinatti Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Chinag Ying-ying, File)

A needed gesture for a friend

The Republic of China — sometimes called Taiwan colloquially — is the Rodney Dangerfield of nations: "It don't get no respect." Published March 22, 2018