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No wall, no sovereignty

The border wall is not Donald Trump's. It's an American border wall to define our property, control legal immigration and safeguard American rights to sovereignty ("Trump: If Democrats hold back on border wall, the military will build it," Web, Dec. 11). If top Democrats refuse to shut down the border, the president should shut down the government. Without the one we won't need the other. We can just wait for our orders from the United Nations in New York after they confer with Brussels.

Cosby actions, fate a shame

Recently the daughter of Broadway legend Frank Loesser, who wrote the Christmas favorite "Baby, It's Cold Outside," blamed actor Bill Cosby for the controversy involving the song's lyrics. Susan Loesser said that it reminded people of date rape because of Cosby's assault of all those women over the years. It is a shame that is a fact of life now. How times have changed.

Nothing's ever Clinton's fault

Hillary Clinton is the perfect political pinata ("Hillary's vaudeville tour flops," Web, Dec. 9). After all, she continues to dabble in a rich chaos of distractions (including the present lecture tour) all employed as narcotics to dull the pain of loss and console her fans, a kaleidoscope of excuses ranging from the misogyny motif to an arpeggio of absolution touching on FBI incompetence, Russian interference, gender abandonment, Sanders skullduggery and whatever else may stick to the wall and disguise her inability to discern and give voice to voter concern. Just how long her fans will swallow this skit before indicating growing displeasure with funhouse mirror distortions is anybody's guess, but flotsam from the SS Clinton shipwreck will continue to float along with attempts at blame deflection.

Capitalists pay for socialism

More than a third of young people surveyed by Gallup in a poll conducted earlier this year favored socialism. When did this become the America of today? Whether this is a result of ignorance of history or the influence of liberal indoctrination by some in our universities, these young people would do well to visit beaches at Normandy and Iwo Jima, the jungles of Vietnam and the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan to learn about young men and women who did believe in American exceptionalism.

Grains keeping us fat, sick

Low-fat milk vs. refined or "whole" grains ("School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk," Web, Dec. 6)? Here we have a distinction without a difference, and that is the point. You just keep the public confused and you can keep the big bucks rolling in. It is laughable that the American Heart Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are splitting hairs over whole vs. processed grains. What do they think of the processed (chocolate) milk? Few people know that the USDA food pyramid is nutritionally deficient.

Nimitz's Pearl Harbor victory

For the Pearl Harbor attack, the 77th anniversary of which we marked last week, the Japanese forged a strategic weapon of six heavy carriers for a coordinated attack by 360 planes on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. Never before had any country executed and/or planned a raid by more than two carriers on any naval or land target. No inkling existed within allied operational or intelligence communities of a capability beyond the 21-torpedo bombers a British carrier had used to attack the Italian navy at Taranto. Pearl Harbor presented the opportunity for a strategic victory achieving control over much of the Pacific Ocean.

No tears for Weekly Standard

I applaud the demise of the "conservative" political magazine The Weekly Standard ("Weekly Standard on the brink: 'I don't expect it to exist' in 2019, report says," Web, Dec. 4). The folks who manage the magazine have for years stood in the way of creating better lives and circumstances for all Americans and have been most vocal since President Trump was elected.

Don't allow climate leeches

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declares climate change 'the civil rights movement of our generation'" (Web, Dec. 3) underscores the planet's urgent need to halt, or at least slow, the dire effects of climate change. The point was similarly laid bare by both the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Yet the Paris Climate Accord is not off the hook, either.

Solution to Facebook 'monopoly'?

Lots of people do not like Facebook because of privacy concerns or because they think it is a social media monopoly. But there are currently no alternatives out there. The short answer regarding the fix is this: Congress would pass a law stating that everyone owns their own Facebook name and information, and Facebook (or any other new company) has to provide a network connection to allow other companies to import/export that information into the platform of your choice.

Antibiotics in food sickens

Rick Berman, who represents a front group that supports practices that harm animals and the environment, starts off his op-ed about antibiotics with a tale about romaine lettuce and E. coli ("How animal activists threaten animal welfare," Web, Dec. 3). He neglects to mention that leafy greens don't naturally harbor E. coli bacteria. It lives in the intestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals. When cow, pig or chicken manure is used to fertilize crops or leaks into waterways, fruits and vegetables can become contaminated.

Make Congress do real reform

"Reforming our bureaucracy should be on Congress' agenda" (Web, Dec. 3) was a very good political commentary piece by John York on reforming the U.S. government. I would like to add another avenue that such a reformation effort could travel. In the 1980s the Department of Defense initiated the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) effort. The president named a nine-person committee known as the BRAC Committee. These nine people met, held hearings to get outside input and then submitted to the president a list of installations they thought should be closed or realigned.

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