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Kudos to Trump on Israel move

President Trump is the first president to have the ethical fortitude to proclaim that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. Jerusalem is important only because the Jews made it important. History proves that Arabs and other Muslims customarily considered Jerusalem a backwater. In 1995 Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, requiring the movement of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, even 22 years later, affirms Israel's sovereignty. By removing the United States from the position of pressuring Israel to sacrifice its historic, religious and strategic capital, Israel will now be able to negotiate on its own behalf.

Court should rule for gay couple

If the Supreme Court were to rule in favor of the baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding, it would risk spurring copycat claims ("The Latest: Baker and gay couple at court for cake arguments," Web, Dec. 5). Public-accommodations laws require businesses not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion and (in almost half the states, including Colorado) sexual orientation. The First Amendment rights regarding free speech and the exercise of religion, though fundamental to our constitutional republic, do not abrogate these laws, the baker's sincere religious faith notwithstanding.

Up gas tax to fund transit work

Late Illinois Republican congressman and 1980 National Unity Party presidential candidate John Anderson was ahead of his time. In 1980 he called for a gasoline tax up to 50 cents per gallon to pay for highway- and transit-infrastructure projects.

Real meaning of 'white Christmas'

There are two things we might want to think about this holiday season: a "white" Christmas and the coming of Santa Claus. A "white" Christmas is not about snow. It's about spiritual purity at the second coming of Jesus Christ, which Santa's coming represents. Santa's red clothing represents the blood Jesus shed for our sins, which only He can make "white." Where the Christmas favorite "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" says "He knows if you've been bad or good ... you better watch out," it's talking about our spiritual condition. God knows where we have all fallen short of His glory.

Freed killer will just return

It is marvelous that killer and illegal alien Jose Zarate was not convicted of murder because, of course, his victim, Kate Steinle, was merely was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Agency misuse needs better look

In many Third World nations, a change in government leadership usually brings about criminal investigations of the past leaders. This is done to prevent the previous leadership from returning to power, or at least to make it much more difficult for it to do so. However, in examining the Obama administration's misuse of the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and God knows which other government agencies, it is clear that a thorough investigation by an impartial team is necessary. The misuse of government agencies was so bad and so exceptional that "forgive and forget" should not be an option.

Predatory women harm all women

At last someone has acknowledged that the predator game works two ways ("When the prey becomes the predator," Web, Nov. 30). I am proud of all the women who had guts to out their predators — whether the predator was Matt Lauer, John Conyers, Al Franken or someone none of us knows. It is ugly beyond words that these women were treated like sex toys and that they feared losing their jobs if they complained. Their workplaces were toxic.

Too much Twitter?

The old World-War-II-era posters with the warning "Loose Lips Sink Ships" may need to be updated given Twitter and the various forms of "social" media that abound. This is especially true for politicians.

Left's utter 'free speech' hypocrisy

The irony of free speech in the current political environment certainly hits home with two recent Times articles. A speaker delivered a talk titled "It's OK to Be White" on the University of Connecticut campus was booed, harassed and had his notes taken from the lectern ("Conservative speaker arrested at UConn after fight at 'It's OK To Be White' speech," Web, Nov. 28). Later the speaker, Lucian Wintrich was arrested for a breach of peace.

Reform Mauritania now

The United Nations sets aside Dec. 2 as its International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. From sweatshops and prison labor, to trafficked women and men forced into unpaid work or prostitution, some 40 million people around the world are held in horrific conditions. But if there's an open sore, it's Mauritania in West Africa.

Reaping fruits of sexual revolution

Why is anyone surprised to learn that in our present social climate there is and has been for the past 40 years rampant sexual improprieties and assaults against women ("The return of virtue," Web, Nov. 29)? We are reaping the rotten fruits of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and '70s, during which the "Free Love" movement erased modesty and respect for women. The fairer sex became fair play and stigmas were removed from the exploits of amorous behavior. The #MeToo hashtag is a joke. I doubt there is a woman alive who has never experienced a sexual impropriety in her lifetime.

Social Security, the Hill's elephant

In an otherwise strong and credible call to arms on the risk of congressional Republicans walking away from the Budget Control Act, Stephen Moore and Andrew Wofford devote only one line to the matter of Social Security ("Testing Republican spending restraint," Web, Nov. 13). The authors abruptly dismiss the topic, stating that benefits should be exempt. This is unfortunate and requires greater justification.

Citizenship first, party second

Politicians have always sparred with their opponents, yet in the Trump era, have we reached a tipping point? Due to the politics of character assassination, we are losing the ability to discuss issues and policies. Should we not be Americans first, then Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, second?

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