The U.S. homeless population has spiked to huge, record numbers in recent years. By and large homelessness is the result of mental disorders and drug and alcohol abuse. There are also homeless people who prefer that life to the alternative lifestyle of living at home.
"Biden leaves key seats empty at U.S. embassies" (Page 1, Jan. 21) just goes to show that many embassy functions are no longer needed. These days ambassadorships are largely sinecures for contributors to elections. All U.S. foreign policies are a White House product, aided and abetted by established policy kibitzers, largely in foundations and universities.
Thank you, Bill Gertz, for highlighting the belated recognition by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that as a nation we have neglected our offensive deterrent capabilities and have made no effort to fulfill the promise of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative ("Pompeo backs new missile defense push," Web, Jan. 19). No patriot could disagree with the well-expressed concepts outlined by Pompeo, but why did he wait until he was out of office to express these major deficiencies in our national security?
An American Airlines plane headed to London was more than hour into its flight when its pilot decided to turn around and head back to the departure point, Miami, because a female passenger declined to wear a face mask. What a petty, unnecessary move.