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Trump closing divide

Actor Shia LaBeouf contends that President Trump is creating a divide in America ("Actor Shia LaBeouf brings anti-Trump piece to New Mexico," Feb. 19, 2017). I say he's got things reversed: The divide was already there and it created Mr. Trump. Allow me to explain.

Intelligence rift a security concern

As a former naval intelligence officer, I am concerned about the Trump administration's adverse impact on our national security. It appears that Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Mr. Flynn was forced to resign because of his contact with the Russians.

Put 'two-state solution' on ice

With the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority, I suggest that both the United States and Israel abandon for the time being any negotiations to achieve statehood for the Palestinian Authority, or for the Gaza government under Hamas.

Spyship story not news

The Russian spyship controversy is fake news. Russian spy ships have been off the coast of Connecticut as well as other locations along our coast for 70 years. They are constantly monitoring the comings and goings of our nuclear submarines.

Focus on jobs, not feelings

During his campaign, President Trump talked a lot about infrastructure. He was going to build new schools, new roads, new bridges, etc. He was going to put 100,000 people to work, and that was just for starters. So far, all I've heard for three weeks is 'Everyone is picking on me.' Mr. Trump doesn't like what this person said; he doesn't like what that person said. He is constantly sending out angry tweets.

Media did due diligence on nominees

Now that Michael Flynn has been forced out as national security adviser, Andrew Puzder has had to withdraw his name from nomination for labor secretary and Betsy DeVos was so unpopular as to have needed the vice president to break a tie vote on her confirmation as education secretary, one wonders whether the Trump administration will learn anything from these debacles.

Needed: Fearless leaders

The Republican Party is beset by leaders who fear the press. Former House Speaker John Boehner displayed enormous trepidation when speaking to media members, and current Speaker Paul Ryan shows the same weakness. For the past four years Ryan has encouraged his members to vote with the Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't even possess confidence in conservatism, much less confidence in espousing it, in public.

Grow Republican base organically

The GOP, under President Trump and Vice President Pence, has the ability to rewrite many new U.S. strategy playbooks. The primary Republican strategy must be to expand and broaden the party's successes and capitalize on the Trump-delivered majorities.

Voters must pay attention again

Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers held a unique view of the branches of government, their powers and how these powers related to one another. Maybe it's time we revisited this view. The Constitution is at stake and the way in which our country resolves the internal conflicts it is experiencing today could determine our fate for many years to come.

Disgraceful Democrats

The Senate is referred to as "the greatest deliberative body in the world," which is one of those big lies that are believed if repeated often enough. During the recent confirmation hearings, I haven't seen any deliberating.

Robart politically motivated

President Trump has the right to be incensed about the conduct of 'left coast' courts. Although the president's tweet about Seattle Federal District Court Judge James Robart was misinterpreted, Mr. Trump was correct that the judgment against his immigration suspension is not the act of a judge, but is instead a political act.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NFL talent still getting snubbed

I was disappointed that longtime Washington Redskins tackle Joe Jacoby was again overlooked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame ("Redskins great Joe Jacoby does not make Hall of Fame," Web, Feb. 4). The legendary "Hog," a four-time Pro Bowler (1983-1986) and three-time Super Bowl champion (XVII, XXII, XXVI), deserves the honor.

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