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Repeal Obamacare now

On Dec. 19 President-elect Donald Trump officially received the required minimum (and then some) electoral college votes to win the presidency. Repealing Obamacare should be a top priority in the first 100 days of the Trump/Pence administration.

Trump, stand up to China

President-elect Donald Trump's suggestion to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip with China made it clear that Mr. Trump is willing to buck tradition as a negotiating tactic. But at what price? As history can attest, before they took office several U.S. presidents loudly criticized Beijing, leaving Taipei with high expectations. Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush all did this. But when push came to shove, the presidents who had the worst impact on Taiwan were often the ones who criticized China the most loudly. Is Mr. Trump really going to be the lone exception?

Compromise on election process

The debate about whether the Constitution should be amended to change the presidential election process is on again. Some advocate eliminating the electoral college in favor of a direct popular vote for president, while others believe the system should remain unchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the Framers, so it is that compromise can solve this problem.

More dangerous than Putin

Hillary Clinton asserts that she lost the election due to Russian hacking, for which she blames Vladimir Putin. According to her, it was a part of Mr. Putin's strategy to discredit the tenets of our government and undermine our democracy. The truth, however, is much more frightening.

Blame Congress for immigration woes

As a legal immigrant proudly working for the U.S. government, I was disappointed to read David Keene's Dec. 1 op-ed, "Hell on the border." It incorrectly faults President Obama for the current immigration crisis. The president is not the problem. For years, members of Congress are the ones who have neglected to make progress on the issue of immigration because they're more concerned with their own reelection.

Democrats party of the passe

Writing as a life-long registered Democrat (current age 77), I can tell you that the reason Democrats are losing elections at all levels is really quite simple ("Labor Secretary Tom Perez joins mix of candidates to head DNC," Web, Dec. 15). The Democrats are a party of the old — old leaders and irrelevant old ideas that no longer fit with the problems and issues facing the citizens of our nation.

Fake news nothing new to left

Why has the subject of "fake news" just now arisen in the mainstream media? It's because online media outlets made false comments regarding a Washington pizzeria, and these comments allegedly drove a man to take a weapon into that pizzeria and fire it. There has been much fake news reported by the mainstream media, but only now is it making a big stink.

Mainstream media losing control?

There are many politicians and many in the mainstream press that claim that they believe in the First Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment protects the right of religiosity and religious worship, the right to free speech and freedom of the press, assembly and conscience, and the right to petition government. Over time, many of the supposedly pro-First-Amendment entities have proven that their support is totally false.

Hunters could donate in other ways

If hunters truly want to help the hungry — instead of using economically disadvantaged families as yet another excuse to justify their bloodlust — killing animals and tossing their corpses at the poor is probably the least effective thing they can do ("Hunters help the hungry: Venison vital to charities," Web, Dec. 10).

Run government like a business

Hypocrisy seems to be a badge of honor that Democrats in Congress wear with pride. They have set in with a barrage of objections to the Cabinet appointees submitted by President-elect Donald Trump ("Trump picks face difficult confirmation hearings," Dec. 14).

Electors still have choice to make

On Dec. 19, the electoral college is going to cast its votes for president and vice president of the United States. This is because the Founding Fathers chose a system in which neither the president nor the vice president is elected directly by the voters. In our system, the voters vote for the electors, and the electors in turn cast their votes for these offices.

Bahrain is no U.S. partner

Maybe S. Rob Sobhani is right that no world leader "will come close to being a truer partner of Washington than King Hamad" -- if being a true partner means heading a regime that respects neither human rights nor the rule of law ("Trump's Bahrain Moment," Web, Dec. 11).

Don't pardon Manning or Bergdahl

I agree wholeheartedly with Robert Knight that President Obama should not pardon Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl ("Pardon us: Bergdahl, Snowden push for clemency," Web, Dec. 11). And although I think Edward Snowden's exposure of what were clear violations of the Fourth Amendment was a positive, on balance I agree that Mr. Snowden violated national security and therefore should not be pardoned.

Dirty Clinton campaign

According to a recent Washington Post article, the Russian government interfered with the U.S. presidential election by exposing the ways that the Clinton campaign sought to undermine it. Per the Post narrative, the CIA has concluded based on inference and innuendo but no hard evidence that the Russian government hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee and others, and obtained information about the many misdeeds of the Clinton campaign. Then it gave that information to Julian Assange, who disclosed it.

Obama responsible for Trump win

Everyone senses without the necessity of logical reasoning or knowledge of the third law of movement formulated by the English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton that any action provokes an equal and contrary reaction. For example, if you push the water with an oar the water responds by pushing the boat in the opposite direction. It is a physical law, but also a concept of practical use in the everyday life of people.

California has dug own grave

States' rights is one thing, but California leaving the union is not mere idle talk. Indeed, the once Golden State has been turned into a dictatorial state with a socialist Democrat governor and super-majority legislature rejecting the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

Dems' disappointment spin-out

After each of President Obama's election victories, I and many other conservatives who had voted against him were very disappointed. I believed Obama would be destructive to our national security and military might, while spawning violent protests between citizens and against law enforcement. I believed he demeaned many Christians for 'clinging' to their faith in the Bible. I opposed his agenda.

Reconsider "Mad Dog" pick

President-elect Donald Trump should rethink his selection of retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis as his Secretary of Defense ("Donald Trump demands waiver for Gen. James Mattis to serve as Pentagon chief," Web, Dec. 6). In spite of his stellar military service record, Mattis is not qualified to serve as defense secretary.

Ready for real change

We conservatives fear it may be too late to be delivered from prevaricating presidents, and capricious, sanctimonious bureaucrats who believe only in the tax-and-spend public sector and hold the wealth-generating private sector to be evil.

Trump must cut China's tentacles

President-elect Donald Trump needs to re-examine President Obama's crumbling pipe-dream policy of using Vietnam to contain China. While our Southeast-Asia policy has myopically focused on China's growing occupation of and base construction on the South China Sea Islands, China has made a Hail Mary pass and outflanked Vietnam by building a new deep-water port in Cambodia.

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