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Kanye West and the great PPP bamboozle

- The Washington Times

Kanye West is a billionaire -- and not the quiet kind. The loud, look-at-me, I've got a billion bucks to my name kind. The bragging, boasting, I-just-confirmed-a-deal-for-a mega-mansion-in-Wyoming kind. He's also the recipient of a multimillion dollar taxpayer-funded PPP business loan. Call it the great PPP bamboozle.

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 1973, file photo, McGraw Hall stands on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Cornell's president announced that it will welcome students back to campus, an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health. (AP Photo/Jonathan Jay Fink)

Colleges put profit before safety during COVID-19 pandemic, at great cost

As of this writing, daily coronavirus case counts are over 30,000, a country-wide level we haven't seen since April. This past Thursday, we set a single-day record of nearly 60,000 new cases. Hospitals in many parts of the United States are exceeding capacity. Many states have hit "pause" on their re-opening plans. Some are re-closing. So, whether we like it or not, it's time to accept that infections are surging. Lord knows what the landscape will look like after the July 4th weekend.

Lennon had a spiritual side, too

As a life-long Beatles fan, I enjoyed Robert Knight's witty response to the notion that John Lennon's song, "Imagine" become a candidate for our new national anthem ("Left-wing activist wants to replace 'Star-Spangled Banner' with Lennon's 'Imagine,'" Web, July 3). I agree with him that "Imagine" might not be the best choice, since it eschews nationalism. But a composition from Lennon is worth considering. Lennon always loved America. He gained permanent residency in 1976 with hopes of becoming a citizen. It was through Beatles music that many White Americans learned about the marvelous array of Black artists in their own country, from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Smokey Robinson and Arthur Alexander.

Follow the money

In "How China and Jeff Bezos benefit from BLM protests, businesses burned and monuments destroyed" (Web, June 29) Richard W. Rahn details how, over the past 30 or so years, the Chinese, Russian and Iranian governments have sought to influence American elections through the teaching and passing out of communist materials on college campuses. He indicates that following the money trail of those supporting the publication and distribution of these materials will lead to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Black Lives Matter.

Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Countdown 1945'

Before there were baby boomers there were baby bombers. I was one of them, the cohort of kids who came along just as World War II was ending and the Nuclear Age was beginning.

Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson, left, tries to break free of Washington Redskins' Quinton Dunbar during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ** FILE **

DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts show troubling double standard

- The Washington Times

Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson went on social media and posted some outrageous anti-Semitic comments attributed to Adolph Hitler and the response from the collective in the left-leaning media and activist and political worlds was: yawn. Oh Democrats, thy name is hypocrisy. Where is the loud leftist calls for apology?

The logo and building of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 15 April 2020. US President Donald Trump announced that he has instructed his administration to halt funding to the WHO. The American president criticizes the World Health Organization for its mismanagement of the Coronavirus pandemic Covid-19. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

The fudging of pandemic facts: China dithered, WHO dissembled and Americans died

Absolving a transgression requires the guilty party to fess up and make amends for the misdeed. Cleaning the slate also means practicing better behavior going forward. With fitting dispatch, disease experts in China and the World Health Organization (WHO) are addressing a fresh health peril brewing in China. Bravo, but these overseers of medical mayhem still owe the world — and the United States in particular — redress for their failures in repelling the current coronavirus pandemic. All should not yet be forgiven and forgotten.

Honor minorities in name change

In the past I have opposed a Washington Redskins name change ("With Redskins name change looming, pressure mounts for total rebranding," Web, July 5). However, it is clear that such a change is inevitable. Therefore, I offer two possibilities for a new moniker.

Protesters spreading virus

It does not take a rocket scientist to connect the timings of the coronavirus surges with the recent mass protests against the police. That there are huge convergences of people who are in all sorts of close physical contact should be neither ignored nor brushed off. Why are politically biased Drs. Birx, Fauci and others giving the American public the runaround and not honestly addressing the health impact of these protests? Why are writers from all over the country and mainstream-media outlets allowed to publish and broadcast uncontested hit pieces at President Trump and the Republicans for not locking down more of the economy? This injustice needs to be corrected — with greatly elevated public awareness of the protests' major role in the COVID-19 surges.

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