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'Stuff' no substitute for liberty

Today we recognize the Declaration of Independence, which essentially defines the American dream: inalienable natural rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution establishes a government embodying these rights by promoting general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty.

Trump can change Washington

You get a better sense of a person when in his or her presence -- even when sitting six rows away. President Trump is very much an alpha male. That alone is reason enough to upset the left. To the political left, masculinity, like patriotism, is better left locked up in the past.

A lot to hide

The constant attacks on President Trump since he won the election is the result of several realizations among the political left, and there is a need to bring him down before he can get started. The leftists employed nationally to disrupt campuses and streets alike, coupled with a conspiring media and a tainted political class, have been brought to bear with full measure.

Stop carb stuffing

Ever hear of grain-fed or "finished" beef? It is common practice for a farmer to increase the ratio of grain to forage to fatten up ruminant animals before slaughter. Nowhere in "Third of American pets simply too fat" (Page I, June 28) is it mentioned that what these pets eat might be the problem. Instead the reader is invited to the latest take on "eat less, move more."

ADL no friend of CAIR

In "The rise of inflexible progressivism" (Web, June 27) Herbert London grossly mischaracterizes the Anti-Defamation League's positions on both Linda Sarsour and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

End life terms for federal judges

The Supreme Court failing to take up Peruta v. California is not just a blow to the Second Amendment of the Constitution, it is a serious blow to the integrity of our entire government and may well be the final blow the integrity of the Supreme Court ("Stung by denial, gun rights advocates vow to bring other concealed carry cases before Supreme Court," Web, June 26).

Trump can undo Obama destruction

As America is threatened in many parts of the world and increasingly at risk, President Donald Trump's and Congress' priorities this summer must include rebuilding our military and restoring respect from our friends and fear in our enemies.

What about boy power, Nancy?

Having spent my boyhood in San Francisco and San Rafael and camped and backpacked in much of the Sierras (before it became fashionable), I have to say that I love the area — at least the place it was when I was growing up. Today, however, things seem to be different.

Drop 'objective' charade

When President Trump complained repeatedly that the media was biased and reported fake news, it sent repercussions throughout the press. Of course, not all news is fake news, as Mr. Trumps says, but there is extreme bias within the mainstream press, which distorts accurate reporting and sometimes leads to lies.

Taiwan still tops freedom lists

Before we blame governments or any other third parties for social-media-account shutdowns, it is worth noting that social-media companies make decisions to remove content or disable accounts based on their own policies. The various causes for suspension may include violations of laws or community standards, abusive content, harassment or other misconduct.

'Indirect costs' hardly luxuries

In his June 19 op-ed on federal research spending ("The high overhead of scientific research"), House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith lays out reasonable premises but reaches faulty conclusions driven by questionable assertions. It's important to get this right because the health of the nation's research enterprise is at stake.

The left, not Trump, in bed with Russia

The Democratic National Committee computer system was easily hacked by the Russians. The personal email of the chairman of the Clinton presidential campaign was even more easily stolen by the Russians. The Obama administration apparently knew as early as last summer that the Russians were up to great mischief in trying to interfere in our presidential election -- but it was paralyzed into inaction.

Saudi Arabia moving in right direction

Saudi Arabia's King Salman recently issued a royal decree, changing the name of the Saudi Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to the more concise Public Prosecution. He also relieved Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of his role as minister of the interior and overseer of criminal investigations. Public prosecution now reports directly to King Salman, which will have a huge impact on Saudi Arabia's legal system.

Why no one trusts mainstream news

Last Wednesday I heard multiple radio commercials from the AARP hysterically attacking the Senate's health-care bill and urging West Virginia voters to call Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and pressure her to oppose the bill. This morning, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was still on the floor of the Senate making his very first public statements about the bill, many mainstream-media outlets were publicizing a poll in which large numbers of Americans oppose the bill.

Now they want to read

I find it laughable that the Democratic congressional members are claiming no one has had time to read or study the 1,000-page, Republican-sponsored Obamacare modification. Yet I seem to remember that in 2010, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Congress to pass President Obama's 2,000-page health-care act so that Congress and all of America could "find out what's in it "

No one-party rule in Taiwan

Numerous social media accounts in Taiwan have been suspended for the 'crime' of criticizing Taiwan's government. The Taiwanese news media tend to self-regulate in order to avoid rejection of license renewal, and they hesitate to report protests or other anti-government-related events.

Terrorists come in all shapes, shades

The recent shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria attests to the terrifying reality that no one, not even our highest elected officials, is safe from the disturbing nationwide increase in violent acts. Particularly troubling is that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, appears to have made a calculated attempt to inculcate fear with his fierce opposition to President Trump and the GOP.

Flying? You're 'of interest'

Big Brother is coming to an airport near you. Big government wants domestic airports to use biometrics to register all travelers when they enter or leave our country. And big business is ready.

Vote for values

I once had an assignment with the United Nations in which I worked in Egypt with officers from the Soviet Union and other nations. This was during the Cold War years, with Leonid Brezhnev in power. As a young U.S. Navy lieutenant, the job was exciting in certain ways. I learned different things through the relationships I made, but some things stayed with me for life. One has been that people, no matter where they're from, all have the same basic needs. All have the need for sustenance, family and shelter. All seek to be content. All feel emotions, both good and bad. All desire to live life to best of their ability. The representatives from the Soviet Union, along with the other nations, were people with the same basic needs as us Americans.

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