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Taxes don't curb consumption

Walk into an inner-city kindergarten and at least half of the kids you see are going to be fat, pre-Type-2 diabetics ("Thirst prevails again in Chicago." Web, Oct. 18). In fact, a number of these kids got set up for diabetes in the womb because their mothers were following the federal food guidelines. That's right, kids can develop insulin resistance before they are born. Inner cities are full of fat people, and even some of the skinny ones have fatty livers, fatty pancreases and eventually loss of blood-sugar control, then hyperinsulinemia.

Make statements on own time

I have no problem with the way in which individual players on professional football teams choose to make a statement, political or otherwise. I have a problem with their timing. They are at work from the moment they walk into the stadium until the game is over, or they leave the stadium. If I ever tried to make a big political statement at work I would be counseled or fired immediately. Not televising the national anthem at the beginning of the game takes away the platform the team members exploit to demonstrate their cause.

McCain not worthy of votes

Recently Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, about his failure to support the president's agenda — the agenda the voters sent both President Trump and Mr. McCain to Washington to fulfill. Mr. McCain called the question stupid, seemingly implying that Mr. Doocy was stupid. Actually, neither the question nor Mr. Doocy is stupid. A lot of Americans would have liked to hear an honest answer from the senator rather than a nasty retort.

McCain wrong to attack Trump

Sen. John McCain's recent tirade makes it apparent that he is part of the old Republican establishment that supports a new world order and globalization ("Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech on 'spurious nationalism,'" Web, Oct. 17). This new order has nearly resulted in the collapse of America, as witnessed by our involvement of one war after another, our open borders, unfair trade, economic bankruptcy, loss of jobs and low wages.

New OMB plan helps clear the deck

The Times notes correctly that President Trump's administration is dismantling great chunks of the Obama regulatory regime of executive orders and bureaucratic dictates, some unconstitutional ("Trump dismantles Obama's 'imperial' presidency, rescinds dubious orders," Web, Oct. 16). This is a great start, yet it's just the prelude to a far more ambitious effort to roll back the administrative state.

United stand conservatives

A pro-gun woman has been forced by the anti-gun political left to uproot her family and move due to threats of violence owing to her views on the Second Amendment ("Dana Loesch is the latest victim of the lunatic left," Web, Oct. 16). The questions come so fast and furious that there is scarcely time to begin, but let's, shall we?

Support independent Kurdistan

It is quite disheartening to wake up to yet another news story that covers the betrayal of Kurdistan ("Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk from Kurdish control," Web, Oct. 16). As the days go by, it seems the Kurdish people are perpetually doomed to receive the short end of the metaphorical stick It is time we help change this pattern and bring a new dawn to the Middle East. During the first Gulf War, we encouraged and enticed the Kurds with slogans about freedoms and rights. After being massacred and gassed by Saddam Hussein, the Kurds were all too eager to consume our promises. But we let them down.

Medication 'motive' for shootings?

"The making of the Las Vegas murderer" (Web, Oct. 12) examines the possibility that the shooter was "radicalized." Yet earlier, the FBI, lacking any perceived motive, was asking citizens for tips that might help them find a motive. I say anyone whose mind is deranged by certain drugs doesn't need a motive. The shooter allegedly had a doctor who prescribed him Valium.

Most crushing D.C. sports loss

In his column "Meltdown all-too-familiar for Washington fans" (Web, Oct. 13) Thom Loverro ponders where the Washington Nationals' playoff loss last Thursday to the Chicago Cubs will rank "among the D.C. Sports Hall of Failures. It's hard to judge one over the other."

Stop ignoring founding principles

Fred Eckert's review of Charles J. Sykes' book, "How The Right Lost Its Mind" ("Conservatism betrayed," web, Oct. 9), stresses that Republicans abandoned their conservative "principles" and "truth" for "a new tribalism that valued neither." I'd say the Democrats did the same. And both parties have ignored the fundamental principles that our Declaration of Independence highlighted as "self-evident" truths 240 years ago.

Buy your own contraception

As it rejiggers Obamacare, the Trump administration has visited anew the idea that employers opposed to contraception for recreational sex as a matter of religious belief should not be forced to pay for it. Until Obamacare was forced upon an unwelcoming public by a strict party-line vote, men and the women we dated took it upon ourselves to provide the prerequisites for such recreation, including contraception.

Taking a knee no hero's move

I enjoyed reading Judge Andrew P. Napolitano's recent op-ed on the NFL and protected speech ("Taking a knee and protected speech," Web, Oct. 11). I agree with the old Beatrice Evelyn Hall quote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." However, I feel that the taking of a knee is really just egotistical grandstanding by players who make far more money than the average citizen of any skin color.

Millions of dollars in 'oppression'

What does "systemic oppression" look like in 2017? Apparently, a lot like $14.2 million, or the approximate worth of 49ers' safety Eric Reid's contract over the past five years. Where do I line up for such hardship?

Let Taiwan into UNFCCC

The 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place next month in Bonn, Germany, is capturing worldwide attention. COP23 is the latest in the series of Conference of Parties meetings that are signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty through which member states commit to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The honor Jerry Lewis deserved

Legendary entertainer and philanthropist Jerry Lewis has died, after receiving awards from Paris, France, and all over the world, but not from the president of the United States. Why did we deny this icon the opportunity to smell the roses of his success while he lived?

'Mockingbird' offensive

As a full-time sixth-grade substitute teacher, I have discovered that the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book "To Kill a Mockingbird" has multiple usages of the N-word.

Pull the plug on the NFL

One thing black folks have in common with the NFL is the billions of dollars we represent in sports marketing. We must learn to use our collective influences to affect change where there is racial injustice and disparity in our communities.

Swap football for patriotic rugby

I want to thank Vice President Pence for walking out on the NFL and their overpaid traitors. I'm also grateful for President Donald Trump and his game-changing leadership of America-first values, processes, improvements and benefits. It was the Soros-Clinton-Democratic-National-Committee operatives who approached the NFL Players' Union in the first place — and ultimately Colin Kaepernick and his copy-cat resistors — are solely responsible for this mess.

Left silent on Chicago gun violence

The Las Vegas massacre was a terrible man-made atrocity, with 58 innocents dead. It led the Democrats to scream about gun control without giving the affected victims and their love ones the opportunity to heal. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California was among the most vocal, along with the loser of the 2016 presidential election.

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