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'Snowflake' schools prepare no one

How ironic was The Washington Times' juxtaposition of two articles in yesterday's edition ("The Halls of Ivy," Inside the Beltway; "Trump to Use Executive Order to Push 'Hire American,'"). Maybe when universities like Arizona State start offering, teaching and testing students on courses that actually prepare them for a future in the work world instead of wasting parents' and taxpayers' money on country-club living with a side helping of "snowflake" protection, perhaps then the H-1B visa program will become extinct. If I were the CEO of a company looking to hire people with the skill sets needed to improve my business, these students would be at the bottom of my list.

Devalued value of a dollar

I have in my possession a copy of the Aug. 14, 1945, edition of The Washington Star announcing the end of World War II. Its original cost: five cents. The Sunday papers at that time, as I recall, cost 10 cents. Gasoline cost 12 cents per gallon, and a loaf of Wonder Bread, 10 cents ("D.C. minimum wage hike to result in job losses, higher pay going to suburban workers," Web, March 23).

Diplomacy is real strength

President Trump has now added his name to the list of war-criminal presidents. As a "unicorn voter" (a black man who voted for Mr. Trump but never for Mr. Obama), I now view Mr. Trump with the same disdain I viewed our previous presidents. Nothing good can come from our recent, unconstitutional bombings.

Volunteer fibber

After the attack on the CIA compound in Benghazi, President Obama had to cover his behind, and quick. Overnight, he and his advisers evidently came up with the lie that the attack had been in response to a very little-known YouTube video.

Rice cover-ups go much deeper

Pardon those who did not take Susan Rice at her word when she recently went before MSNBC TV cameras and "categorically denied committing any wrongdoing by seeking the redacted names of Trump campaign aides" in her latest political dust-up ("Unmasking' of Trump aides reveals Susan Rice at center of multifarious controversies," Web, April 12). Lost in earlier Beltway sparring over Rice's role in the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attacks were the hard facts of the timeline for those events.

Improve high-speed rail

With the recent controversy over United Airlines violently pulling a seated passenger off a flight, it is good to reflect on air travel in general. Passengers are expected to arrive at the terminal two hours before their scheduled flights, then endure security lines, which entail removing shoes and being patted down.

Spicer Hitler comments unacceptable

Press Secretary Sean Spicer's recent comments during Passover regarding Adolf Hitler, Syrian leader Bashar Assad and poison gas were totally insensitive and inexcusable ("Sean Spicer: I 'let the president down' with Hitler-Assad comments," Web, April 12).

Muslim leaders must seek change

If the recent attempt by Islamists to kill Coptic Pope Tawadros II does not finally open the eyes of the world to the fact that Islam is not a religion but an ideology seeking total domination, then we are blind ("Suicide bombers kill 44 at Palm Sunday services in Egypt," Web, April 9).

Maximizing losses

As a macroeconomics student, I agree with Richard Berman ("Minimum wage resistance," Web, March 6). The basic idea behind the minimum-wage hike is good, but there are disadvantages that come with such a law.

Illegals' crime rate 100 percent

This week Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed 94 U.S. attorneys to enforce human-smuggling laws, as well as identity-theft-related and Social-Security-related fraud. (The chief actuary of the Social Security Administration has said that some 75 percent of working illegal aliens use false Social Security numbers).

Trump like all the rest

Donald Trump promised us prosperity and security, but now has us on the brink of war with Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims that the United States is ready to use its military to punish any massacre of civilians anywhere in the world. The U.S. military recently killed more than 200 civilians in a bombing raid on Iraq March 17, which is approximately twice the number of people killed by the April 4 Syrian airstrike. President Trump suspects the attack in Syria was chemical, but it may have been a toxic gas cloud created by the destruction of a chemical-weapons manufacturing facility controlled by rebel forces. There is no hard proof that Syrian leader Bashar Assad is responsible for using chemical weapons.

Seek charges against Syria, Russia

The Russians are very advanced in their ability to wage war in nuclear, biological and chemical environments. The Syrian air force likely possesses similar capabilities, possibly in older, Soviet versions. Substantial decontamination facilities are probably present near the chemical-weapons storage areas, as well as the flight line.

Question presidents' words

This year is the 100-year anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. We must never forget this war. As war ravaged Europe, President Woodrow Wilson publicly adopted neutrality -- while secretly supplying Great Britain with weapons. Wilson knew the Lusitania was hauling weapons to Great Britain and using civilians as cover. The Germans were aware, too, that the United States was secretly arming the Allies, and thus targeted U.S. ships, leading to America's involvement in the war.

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