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GOP's Russian problem

I read with great interest Andrew Blake's article, "Trump adviser Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe to Turkey: Reports" (Web, March 25), which details how President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed with Turkish-government officials the possibility of sending Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey. This is not the first time the retired general has enjoyed the spotlight. There was no investigation by Congress into Mr. Flynn's ties to the Russian government, and now we're learning about another 'oops' on Congress' part.

Boycott "sanctuary cities"

California lawmakers are following the lead of a proposal from a New York City councilwoman and seeking to ban private construction companies that bid on building President Trump's wall from doing further business with their state or city. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the wall "a strong symbolism of division in our country." Forget symbolism; what about reality? On Long Island an MS-13 gang member who was deported four times was charged with the sexual assault of a two-year-old. After hearing this sick and sadistic crime against humanity, how can anyone with a conscience not be in favor of the wall to protect law-abiding American citizens?

True believers never satisfied

The ongoing brouhaha about whether President Trump or his associates have been in cahoots with Vladimir Putin or Mr. Putin's thugs will never be settled to the satisfaction of some Democrats.

Turkey preventing peace in Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's op-ed, "Turkey's vision for Cyprus" (Web, March 19), is fraught with misinformation that Turkey has disseminated since the start of the current settlement talks. Mr. Cavusoglu cites the many security challenges facing the Eastern Mediterranean. In doing so, however, he neglects to mention Turkey's role in fomenting regional instability vis-a-vis its cozy relationships with terrorist groups. Turkey incites further tension by violating, almost daily, the territorial naval and airspace of its NATO ally Greece. On a recent day in January, Greece's Ministry of Defense recorded 138 violations of Greek airspace that had to be intercepted over islands in the Aegean Sea.

School choice will unlock potential

Just as it would be impossible to sell a cake containing all the wrong ingredients, it's not possible to sell a school-choice scheme that is as far removed from school choice as East is from West. Not only does school choice not have to cost one dime, but it will save countless billions for hardworking taxpayers and provide every child the opportunity for a quality education that meets their needs, talents and faith. This will result in fewer dropouts, less crime, fewer gangs and less need for welfare, government health-care, abortions and prisons. It will surely usher in a new era of liberty, justice, prosperity and domestic tranquility.

Turkey must leave Cyprus

Like an overbearing parent, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu prescribes how Cypriots must obey Turkey in order to have a future ("Turkey's vision for Cyprus," Web, March 19). Yet the progress made in the negotiations between Turkey and Cyprus is a result of the leaders of the Cypriot communities taking ownership of the negotiation process and painstakingly defining their own common vision for the future, one in which they share the duties of running a country.

Stand up to Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's "Turkey's Vision for Cyprus" (Web, March 19) represents nothing but transparent, shameful, official propaganda of the government of Turkey. It is a dismal effort to justify Turkey's ongoing, brutal military aggression against Cyprus (including invasion, occupation, colonization, forcible division, ethnic cleansing, massive violations of human rights, destruction of cultural property, attempted secession, usurpation of property and more).

At Mar-a-Lago, back Taiwan

After the White House announced that a meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was in the works, speculations from scholars came in quickly, especially regarding the possibility of Trump and Xi signing a fourth U.S.-China communique. Even in Taipei there is an extremely high degree of anxiety about this summit, slated for Mar-a-Lago next month.

Trumpcare would hurt many

I have a rare brain disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension. It affects one in 100,000. My brain thinks it has a tumor but it doesn't and for some reason it increases production of cerebral-spinal fluid, causing intense spikes in pressure in my head. It has been so bad that the fluid has twice leaked out my ear and I have had to undergo brain surgery to repair the leaks. Doctors tried installing a shunt to direct the extra fluid into my stomach, but that shunt has now failed and I'm awaiting a surgery date to have it removed.

'Someone else's babies' Americans

When quotes like Rep. Steve King's show up in the news, it threatens the very diversity of the generations of immigrants who expanded this country into what it is today ("White House dismisses Rep. King's comments about 'someone else's babies,'" Web, March 14). When these statements are offered by an elected official charged with making decisions about modern families, it concerns child welfare advocates because it harms kids. It is critical for those in power to remember that the people of this country aren't always a mirror image of those who lead.

Wiretap claim's good timing

A lot of folks are calling for "evidence" of the Trump Tower wiretaps. You don't start an investigation with evidence. That's what the investigation develops. You start with indications and develop the evidence or lack thereof. However, regardless of what the investigation unearths, President Trump's tactic and timing were brilliant.

Vacation tips for Obama

It was interesting to read that former President Obama is vacationing in Tahiti ("Obama in Paradise: He's in Tahiti for a month," Web, March 16). This son of a World War II Pacific veteran (my late father was at the Battle of Midway) would suggest to Mr. Obama that he expand his travels to Guadalcanal, Saipan, Iwo Jima, the Coral Sea, Midway and Pearl Harbor so that he might appreciate the sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation."

"Trumpcare" needs fixing

Republicans in support of "Trumpcare" are walking on thin ice. Democrats despise the bill (no surprise there) but even Republicans, the party of the bill's origin, differ in opinion. As a member of the latter group, I say, Back to the drawing board.

Sugar tax won't make us healthier

It looks like a food fight in Philadelphia ("When a sugar tax goes sour," Web, March 7). The way to deal with sugar is for the federal government to come clean, and there is no way that is going to happen. Sugar consumption is just the inevitable result of decades of vilifying healthy fats and creating, subsidizing and selling a food supply that is based on three grains plus sugar deep-fried in vegetable oil. And if you ask your doctor about this and how it relates to your health, be prepared for a shock. Your doctor is trained not to have a clue.

Remove state-line limitation

To the majority in Congress: Please explain why you have not already produced a one-page bill to remove the federal limitations on selling health insurance across state lines. It remains a mystery why this is not a part of the current Republican health-care proposal, and even more why it has not already been done as a separate item. With not even an attempt to tell us why we are still waiting for it, the current majority in Congress appears to once again be the gang that can't (or is it won't?) shoot straight. You've got a lot of explaining to do.

Free speech means tolerance

As a professor, I was shocked to read the article detailing how a mob prevented free speech at Middlebury College and injured a professor there ("Middlebury College professors stand up for free speech after Charles Murray debacle," Web, March 8). The essence of democracy is the free exchange and expression of ideas. Democracies require educated citizens to thrive and a significant portion of that education entails being exposed to differing points of view.

Get government out of health care

I don't want Ryancare, I don't want Trumpcare and I definitely do not want Obamacare. The latter has wrecked the economy and therefore many people's livelihoods. House Speaker Paul Ryan says we have to save the system. What system? Ryan says he's been working on it for 20 years. That just makes him even more of a fool.

Obamacare worse than GOP fix

I am no fan of the GOP's Obamacare replacement plan, but as an engineer I always must evaluate the 'do-nothing' option. The Congressional Budget Office has said that under the replacement plan, 24 million people will lose health-care coverage by 2026. But how many people will lose their coverage under Obamacare by 2018?

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