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Hunters could donate in other ways

If hunters truly want to help the hungry — instead of using economically disadvantaged families as yet another excuse to justify their bloodlust — killing animals and tossing their corpses at the poor is probably the least effective thing they can do ("Hunters help the hungry: Venison vital to charities," Web, Dec. 10).

Run government like a business

Hypocrisy seems to be a badge of honor that Democrats in Congress wear with pride. They have set in with a barrage of objections to the Cabinet appointees submitted by President-elect Donald Trump ("Trump picks face difficult confirmation hearings," Dec. 14).

Electors still have choice to make

On Dec. 19, the electoral college is going to cast its votes for president and vice president of the United States. This is because the Founding Fathers chose a system in which neither the president nor the vice president is elected directly by the voters. In our system, the voters vote for the electors, and the electors in turn cast their votes for these offices.

Bahrain is no U.S. partner

Maybe S. Rob Sobhani is right that no world leader "will come close to being a truer partner of Washington than King Hamad" -- if being a true partner means heading a regime that respects neither human rights nor the rule of law ("Trump's Bahrain Moment," Web, Dec. 11).

Don't pardon Manning or Bergdahl

I agree wholeheartedly with Robert Knight that President Obama should not pardon Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl ("Pardon us: Bergdahl, Snowden push for clemency," Web, Dec. 11). And although I think Edward Snowden's exposure of what were clear violations of the Fourth Amendment was a positive, on balance I agree that Mr. Snowden violated national security and therefore should not be pardoned.

Dirty Clinton campaign

According to a recent Washington Post article, the Russian government interfered with the U.S. presidential election by exposing the ways that the Clinton campaign sought to undermine it. Per the Post narrative, the CIA has concluded based on inference and innuendo but no hard evidence that the Russian government hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee and others, and obtained information about the many misdeeds of the Clinton campaign. Then it gave that information to Julian Assange, who disclosed it.

Obama responsible for Trump win

Everyone senses without the necessity of logical reasoning or knowledge of the third law of movement formulated by the English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton that any action provokes an equal and contrary reaction. For example, if you push the water with an oar the water responds by pushing the boat in the opposite direction. It is a physical law, but also a concept of practical use in the everyday life of people.

California has dug own grave

States' rights is one thing, but California leaving the union is not mere idle talk. Indeed, the once Golden State has been turned into a dictatorial state with a socialist Democrat governor and super-majority legislature rejecting the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

Dems' disappointment spin-out

After each of President Obama's election victories, I and many other conservatives who had voted against him were very disappointed. I believed Obama would be destructive to our national security and military might, while spawning violent protests between citizens and against law enforcement. I believed he demeaned many Christians for 'clinging' to their faith in the Bible. I opposed his agenda.

Reconsider "Mad Dog" pick

President-elect Donald Trump should rethink his selection of retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis as his Secretary of Defense ("Donald Trump demands waiver for Gen. James Mattis to serve as Pentagon chief," Web, Dec. 6). In spite of his stellar military service record, Mattis is not qualified to serve as defense secretary.

Ready for real change

We conservatives fear it may be too late to be delivered from prevaricating presidents, and capricious, sanctimonious bureaucrats who believe only in the tax-and-spend public sector and hold the wealth-generating private sector to be evil.

Trump must cut China's tentacles

President-elect Donald Trump needs to re-examine President Obama's crumbling pipe-dream policy of using Vietnam to contain China. While our Southeast-Asia policy has myopically focused on China's growing occupation of and base construction on the South China Sea Islands, China has made a Hail Mary pass and outflanked Vietnam by building a new deep-water port in Cambodia.

The problem with all that ethanol is where to pour it.

Elected Democrats are criticizing President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominees for their supposed lack of experience ("Donald Trump picks Ben Carson, former campaign rival, as housing secretary," Web, Dec. 5). Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, complains that Dr. Ben Carson, nominee for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, "has no professional experience in either government or housing policy."

On 75th anniversary, remember Nimitz

For Pearl Harbor, the Japanese forged a strategic weapon of six heavy carriers for a coordinated attack by 360 planes on Sunday, on Dec. 7, 1941. Never before had any country executed or planned a raid by more than two carriers on any naval or land target.

Trump's chance to turn U.S. around

Congress and President-elect Trump must not waste a minute of 2017 on repairing the damage done to national security by President Barack Obama. After eight years of Mr. Obama's assault on the military, the morale of our soldiers, sailors and Marines is at an all-time low.

Collusion or ignorance?

The coverage given by the media to the Democrats on the claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and therefore should be president shows one of two things: either the undeniable ignorance or the absolute deceit and collusion of the media and the Democratic Party.

Fidel Castro's Cuba a waste

I am an avid Washington Times reader who was born in pre-Castro Cuba and saw Fidel up-close. I can separate fact from the fantasy now being peddled by left-wing commentators and politicians in the wake of Castro's death.

Recount pushers shameless

Well, sometimes the conspiracy theorists are right. I just learned that in the most liberal county of Wisconsin, the 2016 presidential vote recount is being done by hand. This is being done deliberately to delay certification.

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