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Help or get out

House Speaker Paul Ryan has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. Prior to becoming speaker in October, 2015, Mr. Ryan served on the House Ways and Means Committee as well as on the House Budget Committee. With all of this experience, why didn't he have a health-care bill ready? Why didn't he have a budget bill? A tax-reform bill?

GOP, speak up on costs

The Republican Party is failing to articulate key facts, primarily financial, affecting proposed and operative major legislation. This is akin to a bank failing to inform a customer that a credit card has been maxed out.

No freedom on liberal campuses

"Wellesley students advocate hostility on campuses to silence conservative 'hate speech'" (Web, April 20) exposes the eerily Orwellian nature of the events unfolding in our institutions of "higher learning." At Wellesley College, the case is being made for using force and violence to stifle the free speech of those who "refuse to adapt their beliefs." In February, students rioted and set fires at the University of California, Berkeley, to prevent an appearance by conservative personality Milo Yiannopoulos.

Good riddance to O'Reilly

It is only fitting that the long career which made Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly a fabulously rich man and enabled the network to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue should end in disgrace ("Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News after 18 years hosting No. 1 prime-time program," Web, April 18).

GOP good at splitting own vote

The crowded field in Georgia's 6th Congressional District election (11 Republicans vs. one Democrat) poses the question of whether Georgians are aware of the perils of splitting the vote within their own party. They came very close to snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. Either they are very young voters or they have forgotten history.

U.S. airlines must up service game

I read with great interest "Trump signs executive order for 'buy-American, hire-American' policy" (Web, April 18). Last week I flew on American Airlines from Philipsburg in St. Maarten to Charlotte, North Carolina. To the passengers' surprise, there was no in-flight media entertainment on the flight, which lasted four hours and 16 minutes.

Eat real food, not carbs

Ever hear the one about the medical professional who proclaimed that 80 percent of what medical doctors do is not backed by double-blind, randomized, controlled trials? Unfortunately, it's no joke. For the uninitiated, these trials are the best way to demonstrate cause and effect. The implication: Medical quackery is alive and well in your doctor's office. Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death.

True Islam teaches equality

In her recent anti-Islam diatribe masquerading as a legitimate condemnation of female genital mutilation (FGM) ("The Islam clash in America," Web, April 18) Cheryl K. Chumley makes some ill-informed, inaccurate and offensive statements about Islam and Muslims.

Give states back their land

In his otherwise excellent article on federal land grabs ("A monumental issue in Maine," B3, April 17), Robert Knight fails to mention why Washington is able to get away with this.

How to sway North Korea

President Trump has pointed out the strong linkage between China and North Korea, and he correctly assumes China can influence North Korea's weapons-development program. We must work with China to resolve this situation, the Chinese encroachment in the South China Sea and the trade-deficit imbalance.

'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).

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