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Carrie Fisher will be missed

For Carrie Fisher, who passed away Tuesday, it was either the best of times or the worst of times ("Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' Princess Leia, dead at 60," Web, Dec. 27). Ms. Fisher was born to famous parents — Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher — and reached movie stardom at a young age as Princess Leia of the "Star Wars" series. In addition to being an actress, she was a prolific author and an accomplished screenwriter.

Clemens worthy of honor

I vividly recall a snarling Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, taking baseball pitching great Roger "Rocket" Clemens to task in a congressional hearing for refusing to admit to having used prohibited substances, as alleged by Brian McNamee, a former trainer. In the manner of shysters, Mr. Cummings darkly reminded the witness that he was under oath.

Universities teaching racism

I would urge every parent who has a child at Drexel University to pull him or her out and save their money, lest their children become racists comparable to Barack Obama ("Drexel University professor calls for 'white genocide' on Christmas Eve," Web, Dec. 26).

Same old left

I want to thank David Keene for his op-ed "Unchanged and unbending campus radicals" (Web, Dec. 27). The Washington Times has gained a new regular reader owing to Mr. Keene's disheartening report of events stifling free speech at the University of Wisconsin. The tactics described in the piece are akin to the ones fostered by communists in Russia, Cuba and China.

All holiday wishes well-meaning

Earlier this week, as I was saying goodbye to one of my clients, I wished them a "Merry Christmas." They replied in kind and added somewhat jokingly what a relief it was to be able to say that without the fear of offending anyone. This got me thinking: What could possibly be offensive about saying "Merry Christmas"?

Obama's true, anti-Semitic colors

It cannot be lost on the observant that one of the last acts of the current president was his instruction to his U.N. representative to abstain from the Security Council resolution condemning Israel for building new settlements ("A final insult to Israel," Web, Dec. 25).

Obama's latest Israel betrayal

President Obama's collusion in the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, ostensibly an anti-settlement measure, was a shameful betrayal of our ally Israel ("U.S. rebukes Israel and allows U.N. condemnation of settlements," web, Dec. 23).

NLRB, not Trump, the problem

National Public Radio suggests it is a conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump to make appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has been a problem for thousands of employers and employees for years.

The real 'tainted' election

Donald Trump won; Hillary Clinton lost. Democrats now say it was because the election was tainted by outside interference. The irony is delicious to the many Americans who remember another election result that was truly tainted: the one between Mrs. Clinton and Bernie Sanders. In that contest the Clinton campaign colluded with the Democratic National Committee to ensure that Mrs. Clinton would win. Once the collusion became public knowledge there was justified outrage, but not from Clinton supporters. For them, evidently the ends justify the means.

Only themselves to blame

With the 2016 presidential election now more than 40 days in our rearview mirror, the Democratic Party continues to play its version of political whack-a-mole with excuses of how and why Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump. When a good football coach talks to the press after a loss, he doesn't blame his offensive coordinator, special teams coach, list of injured players, or the referees. He takes the heat himself.

Democrats just sore losers

There is no evidence that the leaked Hillary Clinton campaign emails are of Russian origin ("WikiLeaks figure says 'disgusted' Democrat leaked Clinton campaign emails," Web, Dec. 14). Wikileaks said the emails came to them from an inside leak, not from an outside hack, and former top National Security Agency official William Binney has stated that if Russia was the source, the NSA would have conclusive proof.

Pakistan still persecutes Ahmadis

Human Right's Day was established by the United Nations to commemorate the day the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Sadly, as we all know, human rights are not universal in the world. One place in which they are not recognized is Pakistan.

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.

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