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PBMs lower drug costs

When it comes to the price of their products, drug companies want the public to ignore what they spend on marketing and the tax breaks they get for direct-to-consumer advertising. Instead of acknowledging their pricing strategies, drug companies have launched a finger-pointing campaign at pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

U.S. still "shining city upon a hill"

The world is dying before our eyes as the forces of darkness and light collide on a daily basis. We have state-sponsored terrorism coming from countries such as Iran, North Korea and Syria. Behind closed doors Russia and China plot to bring chaos and death to humanity while pretending, publicly, they are for peace.

Memories of a simpler time

What you have more of than anything else as you reach old age are memories. Back in the 1930s, the Depression years, my family lived in Cottage City, Maryland. Nobody in the neighborhood locked their doors. My mother and father worked, and we three children were in school during the day. We had a telephone, a party line, so if a neighbor who did not have a phone needed to make a call, they were free to do so on ours.

Military purpose defense, not equality

This absurd policy of accepting transgender individuals into the armed forces of the United States must be terminated. Good order and discipline within the ranks, plus respect and trust among the troops, are absolute requirements for an effective and viable military-command structure. The presence of transgender individuals in the ranks debases this efficiency ("Pentagon continues LGBT pride celebration; conservatives say it's a shame in Trump administration," Web, June 11).

A few morals go a long way

It seems that so many in the world disobey God's Ten Commandments on a regular basis -- and in a big way. But just think: If everyone obeyed the Fifth Commandment ("Thou shalt not kill") we could all live in our homes and walk or ride safely and freely on streets and across bridges anywhere in the world.

Comey's coup

The malice aforethought and intent evident in former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony last week make it crystal-clear that Mr. Comey was actively working for and planning a soft coup from his very first meeting with President Trump. No other conclusion can be drawn from Mr. Comey's immediate efforts to interrupt his and the president's conversations.

Kick anti-U.S. moochers off payroll

The culture war in America just gets worse by the day. That we have in government positions people such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont Democrat, and Patrick McCarthy, associate dean for library and information access at San Diego State University, is outrageous and unconstitutional. That these people foment a religious or political test for American citizens is outrageous and unconstitutional.

End 'sanctuary' for these mayors

If America wants to know whom the Democrats will tap for their roster of political hopefuls going forward, take a comprehensive look at the uber-liberal cache of "sanctuary city" mayors now running most U.S. cities and towns nationwide, including the current Democratic National Committee elites who were once mayors.

Comey courted Trump confidences

Is former FBI Director James Comey so obtuse that he does not realize his own complicity in orchestrating his Jan. 6, 2017, meeting with President Trump in a manner that set the parameters for the two men's interpersonal relationship ("James Comey debunks New York Times story that fueled unproven Trump-Russia collusion," Web, June 8)?

Voting, tallying separate systems

Andrew Napolitano's "Once in a while, a good leak" (Web, June 7) reads, in part: "the NSA discovered that Russian hackers in late October and early November 2016 planted cookies (attractive, uniquely tailored links) into the websites of 122 American city and county clerks responsible for counting ballots in the presidential election. This means that if any employee of those clerks' offices clicked onto any cookie, the hackers had access to — and thus the ability to interfere with — the tabulation of votes." The good judge is wrong.

Any fight left in U.S.?

Seventy-three years ago, 19- and 20-year-old "men" saved the world from Nazi oppression and unfathomable evil. At 26, my father was older than most of his fellow soldiers, and among the first wave to hit the Normandy beaches. One out of every 10 was killed that day. Every soldier had a buddy who died. Only by the grace of God did Dad come home; otherwise I would not be here writing this letter.

No apologies for self-defense

Before one asks what Israel might have done differently in 1967, it is important to remember why the Six Day War occurred and what efforts Israel has made to achieve peace. To be clear, the war was forced on Israel by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. In May 1967, Nasser, emboldened by Yasser Arafat's terror attacks against Israel from 1965 to 1967, demanded that U.N. peacekeepers withdraw from Egypt's Israeli border. The United Nations shamefully complied. Nasser then massed 900 tanks and 130,000 troops along its Israeli border, while another 100,000 troops from a dozen more Arab countries massed along Israel's borders with Jordan and Syria, completing the siege. Egypt also blockaded Israel's port of Eilat — an act of war under international law. On May 26, Nasser boasted: "The battle will be a general one and our basic objective will be to destroy Israel."

Gillespie for governor

This year's primary election in Virginia has produced great candidates for the Republican Party, and Virginians will have a direct involvement in the selection process. I am particularly pleased to see Ed Gillespie running for governor.

Ever-spoiled, never educated

I am totally flummoxed at the sheer stupidity of what I have just read ("Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites 'Day of Absence,'" Web, May 25). This behavior does not constitute a "warning sign"; it is an avalanche.

Ike's son unlikely to like

In his op-ed on the National Eisenhower Memorial, former Sen. Bob Dole suggests that John S.D. Eisenhower, the late president's son, would have been proud to attend the opening of the memorial were he alive to see it ("Honoring a general and a president," Web, June 4).

Comey furor just election payback

It's high time we sought some grounded perspective on the James Comey situation. Per the omnibus clause of 18 U.S.C. 1503, "whoever corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be (guilty of an offense)." It has been crystal-clear and inarguable that Hillary Clinton and many members of her team committed multiple crimes of obstruction of justice relating to her email server and other matters. And what about the airplane meeting of Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch just one week before Mr. Comey's July 5 press conference?

First, accept reality

Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media have both failed to accept the reality of President Trump's election win. Mrs. Clinton blamed James Comey, WikiLeaks, Russia, The New York Times, Netflix and more for her loss. Why the continued resistance to Mr. Trump?

Give Trump his due

For some time I have been concerned about Washington Times headline writers, who are giving me the impression of an unwarranted hostility toward President Trump. For example, the caption of a recent front-page picture of Mr. Trump says the president "goes it alone" concerning the Paris environmental agreement.

U.K. can learn from Israel

The three recent terrorist attacks in England have focused the attention of the world on the death, pain and suffering caused by these murders. However, the successful prevention of other terrorist attacks has not garnered much publicity. An example of this is the generally unreported capture of two separate Palestinian terrorists trying to enter Israel last month while carrying pipe bombs. In both cases, the men were caught by metal detectors at an Israeli checkpoint.

Climate hysteria pays big

The global-warming fad has become such a big financial success because writers get paid to scare the public with stories of doom. Reporters, "scientists," Chinese wind-and-solar factories, politicians, etc., all make money and gain power from the false idea that Earth is burning up.

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