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Unions not above the law

Collusion between government and public-sector unions is nowhere more prevalent than in Washington state. Union leaders use the almost limitless supply of dues dollars at their disposal to fund the campaigns of political candidates — including Supreme Court justices — whom they're confident will return the favor by representing labor's interests rather than the interests of the voters.

What about DC's name?

The DC Council, having denounced the discoverer of America with habitual nasty incivility, has decided to rename the Columbus Day national holiday "Indigenous Peoples' Day." But the evidently not-fully-'woke' councilors seem to have forgotten that the unabbreviated name of the jurisdiction they oversee is the District of Columbia, a form of the name Columbus. Maybe the councillors will next change the district name to the "District of Indigenous Peoples." The new abbreviation would say more about the collective mind of the council than anything else the group has done lately.

What did Obama know and when?

With the Inspector General reports on wrongdoing by governmental officials looming on the horizon, no one has mentioned the proverbial elephant in the room — specifically, former President Obama, where the buck eventually stoped. Mr. Obama either knew about everything going on around him or at the very least created an atmosphere that enabled unelected officials to run amok and destroy the fundamentals of our democracy.

Stand up to China

I would like the National Basketball Association to stand up to the Chinese dictatorship, but I am worried that it will back down ("NBA decides to remain silent for rest of China trip," Web, Oct. 11). No dictatorship has the right to tell any American how to define freedom of expression. When will this Chinese appeasement end? The federal government, both political parties, and Hollywood have all refused to stand up to Communist China. America turned its back on the country of Tibet; it is now the Tibetan region of China. Now America is turning its back on Hong Kong. Taiwan is next. We Americans need to oppose, not appease, all dictatorships.

No right to force others

The transformed Democratic Party has embraced the failed, misguided promise of utopia as articulated in Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Impeachment not justified

There can't be a blanket rule that the president and Department of Justice are never allowed to investigate a political rival's overseas activities. This would confer immunity on criminals who subsequently run for president. But there also should not be an unfettered license for a president to use the DOJ as an instrument for seeking electoral advantage.

Fix surprise bills with benchmarks

We need to protect Americans from surprise medical bills. Unfortunately, North Caorlina State Sen. Todd Johnson's favored approach does not solve the problem ("Washington must solve the surprise medical billing crisis," Web, Oct. 3). Instead, it sets up a new bureaucracy that leaves Americans vulnerable to out-of-control health care prices.

Anything to cover up corruption

The drip, drip, drip of insults hurled at President Trump by the political left and some on the right leaves one to wonder, Why? The investigations of Attorney General William Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham as well as the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are the key to understanding what is really going on here.

Save the 'Skins

I am an 81-year-old former Redskins fan. I say "former" because I no longer expect to see the organization field a well-coached team of professional players, and therefore I don't much care anymore when they lose. Saving this franchise will require more than just replacing the coach.

'Impeachers' still need draining

Over the past week, I have been mulling over the lies being sprinkled into the unvarnished truth of the actions of the Trump administration. Those lies are the promises the adamant Democrats and some ambivalent Republicans have made to us voters. They will not get our votes again.

Flashes of the Dreyfus Affair

The news media is generally remarkably harsh on Republicans, and President Trump in particular. However, what the Democrats did to both Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh — with media support — was outrageous. It reminds me of what a kangaroo court did to Captain Alfred Dreyfus in France in the 1890s. That split apart French society in a serious way, and it seems to me that both the news media and the Democrats are splitting apart America now. I hope these parties reconsider their actions, conform to honest principles and begin acting in a more responsible way.

The gun law that would work

Every day, hundreds of thousands of responsible, legally armed citizens move among us, all across America — on our streets, in our stores and elsewhere. We don't recognize them or even think of them because remarkably, in spite of their numbers, we never hear of one of them causing trouble with a gun, though they often put a stop to robberies and killings, usually without firing a shot.

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