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Destruction from within

Why are our cities crumbling just at the point they are supposed to be reopening? Our best efforts at home, school, work and in the public square have produced several generations of "youth" who are brash, bored, self-centered, poorly educated, constantly entertained, inexperienced, recently unemployed and largely disheartened with what little they know about rule of law.

Bowser off-base

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser deserves kudos for her handling of the issues involving COVID-19 in her city. However, her recent remarks about President Trump were way off-base ("Bowser slams 'gross' Trump remarks about D.C. protests," Web, May 30).

Numerous COVID-19 mistakes

COVID-19 has won its battle with America by forfeiture. Our leaders put us in the hands of so-called experts whose opinions have trampled on our rights and done unnecessary and unprecedented damage to our country. We thought these experts' opinions were based on hard scientific evidence, but they were guessing based on models generated by inadequate data. They should be disciplined and the politicians who heeded them dealt with accordingly come November.

What else happened?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I have my own about Fox News' Chris Wallace, who recently asserted that the riots in Minneapolis are as bad as various other riots, including the Vietnam War. I was wounded five times in combat as a Marine fighting for our country in Vietnam -- and that's not at all comparable to someone who may have broken the law.

No party's 'chump'

Malcolm X warned African-Americans of being political chumps of the Democratic Party ("Joe Biden's 'you ain't black' comment: The scourge of the left's identity politics," Web, May 28). "Political chumps" are a bloc of voters who overwhelmingly vote for one party blindly. African-Americans are now waking up, and even if they're Democrats they want a "black" agenda -- or else they will vote for Republicans, the Green Party or the Libertarians, or won't vote at all.

China owes victims' families

Communist China has a history of experimenting with contagious viruses. In 2013 scientists at the Harbin China Veterinary Research Institute produced a new virus by combining the HSN1 bird flu with a 2009 H1N1 flu virus, and the resultant virus was highly contagious among humans. In 2019 the COVID-19 virus most likely came from the Chinese Virology Laboratory in Wuhan, China, which was experimenting with COVID-19 bats.

Biden bad for Israel

All those worried about the future of the Jewish state should be concerned about the possible election of Joe Biden. Both Mr. Biden's present and past actions have been harmful toward Israel. First, his call for a U.S.-Arab consulate in Jerusalem brings into question the reunification of that capital of Israel, reversing the decision by President Trump. Mr. Trump has supported the move of the U.S. embassy and has declared Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel.

Biden can keep his 'repairs'

During a campaign stop in St. Louis before the coronavirus mercifully put him in lockdown, presumptive Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden bragged, "I've met every major foreign leader; I would repair our alliances" ("Joe Biden -- the perverted Magic Eight Ball that is always wrong," Web, May 25).

Change testing strategy

The number of COVID-19 cases has generally been declining for the past month. We have peaked, but that does not indicate that we can stop testing. Everywhere, experts continue to emphasize the need for more testing -- but what many of them miss is where we need to concentrate our testing.

Let Massachusetts thrive

The facts and data have not justified Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's tyrannical strangulation of the Massachusetts economy. And the attitude that said strangulation can be dragged out for months is recklessly callous.

Don't let Obama, Biden skate

Attorney General William Barr's announced decision not to initiate investigations of Joe Biden and Barack Obama for their parts in the Flynn matter is justice denied to the American people. Everyone who was at the now-infamous Oval Office meeting of Jan. 5, 2017, (President Obama, Vice President Biden, Susan Rice, James Comey, John Brennan and Sally Yates) could be incriminated for unmasking and leaking Flynn's name. Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama should be subject to investigation for possible illegal actions, most prominently Mr. Biden, who unmasked Flynn on President Trump's Inauguration Day.

Azerbaijan tramples human rights

I was born in Azerbaijan as member of the Armenian minority. Mr. Suleymanov does not write about Azerbaijan as we both know it, because he is a mouthpiece for a dictator ("Pandemic highlights the protracted Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region," Web, May 19).

Israel won't be bullied

Israel will not be annexing the "occupied West Bank" ("Israel's daunting decision on drawing permanent borders," Web, May 19). The Israeli government will be formally delineating its borders in the disputed areas of Judea and Samaria.

Azerbaijan stands in way of peace

The Armenian side fully backs the Royce-Engel peace proposal, a bipartisan U.S. congressional initiative to deploy internationally monitored gunfire locators and add international observers along the line of contact. It is Azerbaijan -- and Azerbaijan alone -- that is blocking these common-sense measures to promote transparency, precisely because it fears facing accountability for its cease-fire violations. It's simple logic: Only the party initiating attacks would oppose the use of technology that identifies the ceasefire violator.

Vaccine will make rich richer

Was the COVID-19 overreaction a prelude to a mandatory vaccine? Of course it was, as it will bring enormous profits to selected pharmaceutical companies (more than likely those companies in which Bill Gates has a significant shareholding interest). It doesn't make sense to destroy economic activity all over the world to impose lengthy lockdowns when we are not dealing with a Black-Death-type scenario.

Vote to restore freedoms

Obama administration leadership was responsible for the costly use of false information to investigate Donald Trump and his staff for supposed collusion with Russia, in a robust attempt to prevent Trump from being elected (and later, to remove him from office). The Democrat-led House used unprecedented tactics to impeach President Trump without factual evidence. Fortunately the Senate voted against the impeachment.

No impeachment 2.0

If the Democrats are planning another round of impeachment games, they'd better first consider moving to another country more suitable to their antics, perhaps Venezuela.

Cities, towns in desperate need

Kay C. James' recent piece on federal assistance for states misstates the cause of the dire financial situation facing cities, towns and villages across America ("Do not bailout states for years of fiscal mismanagement," Web, May 18). Contrary to the author's assertions, it is the unprecedented, bipartisan shutdown of our nation's economy that has crunched the budgets of cities of all shapes and sizes, both urban and rural, and of all political stripes.

Clintons behind leftist moves

Sadly, the inevitable is about to unfold: Bill and Hillary's quest for a third White House term, most likely as Joe Biden's running mate or his replacement via a Clinton-brokered Democratic "convention."

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