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Judicial activism can be dangerous

U.S. District Court Judge Collen Kollar-Kottelly has engaged in judicial activism ("US court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy," Web, Oct. 30). The president has broad discretion in the area of national security. President Trump issued an executive order placing a moratorium on transgender military service based on his determinations regarding national security. Judge Kollar-Kottelly overturned major portions of it.

Misplaced liberal sympathies

Liberal talking heads Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews recently vented their righteous indignation about President Trump's "death penalty" tweets regarding the Islamic State terrorist murders in New York City.

Release jailed vets who did duty

A few years ago I made a friend through your paper. After I started writing letters to The Washington Times, a woman in California contacted me and told how much she enjoyed what I wrote. We've been friends ever since. As a 100-percent disabled combat Marine Vietnam veteran and former law-enforcement officer, I've always written from experience and knowledge, which prompted my friend's first contact.

Time for a new party

It's time to get rid of the old establishment Republicans and start a new political party in America. If the new Tea Party, evangelicals and all other groups that want to abide by the Constitution could be combined into a new political party like in 1854 when the Republican Party replaced the Whig Party, it would be unstoppable.

Backward liberal idol worship

Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, removed plaque memorials for President George Washington and Gen. Robert E. Lee. Why? Because Washington owned slaves and Lee fought for the Confederacy.

Today's sailors hardworking, too

In "Iron ships and girly men" (Web. Oct. 29) Gary Anderson baselessly attacks the young men and women manning the ships of the U.S. Navy, drawing wrongheaded conclusions about the caliber of sailors being produced by the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Washington and Lee worthy of honor

The recent decision of Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., to remove plaques honoring President George Washington and Gen. Robert E. Lee ("Christ Church and the slavers' blood money," Web, Oct. 29) illustrates well the current trend in America of ignorance catering to political correctness with no regard for truth. And what is the truth?

Tax cuts that up debt hurt future

The American Revolution was sparked by the British policy of taxing the American colonies without allowing them any representation in the British Parliament. This has been commonly referred to as "Taxation without representation." Well, Americans are now doing this to their own children, and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to care.

Waters should 'put up or shut up'

I've seen political grandstanding in my day, but Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, takes the cake. For the past nine months, Ms. Waters has been going on TV and around the country, whipping up predominantly black crowds into a frenzy over her impassioned "cause" to impeach President Trump, even threatening to "take him out" (which I assume doesn't mean going out on a date with him).

Don't cut 401(k) benefits

Thanks to the media — the "enemies of the people," according to our president — we know that congressional Republicans have been plotting to decimate the ability to save in 401(k) plans, possibly to reduce the maximum one can shield from taxation each year from $18,000 ($24,000 for those over the age of 50) to as little as $2,400. So much for enacting tax reform that will benefit the middle class.

Peace Cross should stay

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided the Peace Cross memorial in Prince George's County, Maryland, should come down because it is in the visible shape of a cross, which "carries 'an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian serviceman'" ("Warring Over the Peace Cross," Web, Oct. 23).

Union processes need separation

Unions represent their members in an effort to ensure fair labor practices. When an employee experiences something he considers unfair, the union usually files a grievance against management in an attempt to rectify the injustice. However, this process can only be effective if there is independence in the adjudication of the grievance. When management is the judge and jury, and then chooses as its representative the official who first ruled against the employee, it is quite unlikely that any type of independence will be possible.

Socialism doesn't work

Venezuela is on the brink of economic collapse. This was brought on by socialism, which has led to massive shortages of food, toilet paper, diapers, medicine and many other items. How? Through state planning, currency controls, and rampant inflation.

Sign it's time Corker hit the road

Showing the highest degree of disrespect, Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, verbally slapped his — and our — president and commander in chief in front of the whole world by suggesting that President Trump "leave [foreign policy] to the professionals for a while" ("Trump slams 'incompetent' Corker ahead of key Senate meeting," Web, Oct. 24).

Duty of all to stand up to abuse

Over the past two years, my perceptions of prejudice against women have been challenged by both public display and personal experience. First there was the sexism used against Hillary Clinton in her presidential run, in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who was rewarded with the presidency for his past comments about women. Now our screens are filled with the latest news of Harvey Weinstein and others who used their positions as platforms for sexual assault.

Peace Cross should stay

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided the Peace Cross memorial in Prince George's County, Maryland, should come down because it is in the visible shape of a cross, which "carries 'an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian serviceman'" ("Warring Over the Peace Cross," Web, Oct. 23).

Leave grieving family be

The recent flap over President Trump's call to a Green Beret widow is disgusting. White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly's remarks to the press corps — despite a minor error — should have provided closure. Instead, Mr. Kelly, a Gold Star father, was called racist, which seems to be the automatic response of the left when anyone disagrees with a person of color.

Taiwan should decide own future

Last week during his keynote speech to the Communist Party National Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping said any attempt to separate Taiwan from China would be thwarted, and he called for the return of Taiwan to Chinese control ("Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges," Web, Oct. 18). But China needs to understand that Taiwan is a sovereign state and the island's 23 million people absolutely have the right to decide their own future.

Kudos to Fields

I urge anyone who might have missed it in our nano-second news cycle to read Suzanne Fields' most timely column ("Young men's lives matter, too," Web, Oct. 18). In wonderful prose, Mrs. Fields masterfully integrates California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent veto of a bill that would have codified into California law the notorious "dear colleague" false campus rape hysteria of the Obama administration, the progressive feminist media's desire to keep Harvey Weinstein on the front page in order to convince all and sundry that every man really is a Harvey in sheep's clothing, and heaps praise on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her clear-sighted fairness and transparency.

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