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Push for less meat in school meals

With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies and, yes, school food. More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Fed quietly robbing U.S.?

While politicians and the media kept the country distracted and divided, the American people were robbed of $9 trillion by the Federal Reserve. The inspector general claimed no knowledge of the theft, and could not even speak to whether there had been any investigation to find out where the money went or how it got taken.

Naval ship collisions worrisome

As a former Navy enlisted (1950s) and naval officer (navigator and officer of the deck, 1960s), I am quite concerned by the recent collisions of our warships in Asian waters. We lost seven sailors in the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged shipping vessel, and 10 in the collision of the USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker ("U.S. Navy admiral: USS John S. McCain, oil tanker collision may have been intentional," Web, Aug. 21).

Media distorted Charlottesville

In cowboy movies the guys in the white hats always win, but life is not a cowboy movie. The majority of Americans (including me) would like to see the neo-Nazi movement disappear, as people in it are nuts — but then the Constitution gets in the way, as any American has the right to peacefully assemble. So as much as we can all hate what neo-Nazism stands for, we must tolerate these people when they exercise their constitutional rights.

Only God can truly judge

I find the calls for President Trump to resign disgusting, pathetic and obnoxious. What they mean, in effect, is that tens of millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump want to nullify and dismiss the votes of tens of millions of other people who, like me, did vote for him.

Everyone a victim?

Recently Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, reportedly suggested that, in order to become better educated in living history, President Trump meet with African-Americans who have dealt with racism.

Free nations don't erase history

I am most distressed over the wave of hysteria sweeping our nation over Confederate statues and monuments. I have witnessed the mayors of at least two cities order the removal of statues without regard to any democratic process, and I have seen a hate-filled mob destroy a monument in Durham, North Carolina. Now mayors across the country appear to be falling like dominoes to yield to the demands of the mob and destroy a part of our historical legacy simply because some people don't like it.

We deserve high-speed government

President Trump had to fire Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon; new Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has to show that he has control of the White House staff. Why, exactly, does this staff not understand that they are supposed to be invisible and work behind the scenes?

Talk to Kim?

Since talks are ongoing with North Korea, a logical mediation on the part of President Trump would be an invitation to Kim Jong-un to meet at Mar-a-Lago or the White House.

Hatred OK for liberals

I can't in good conscience stand by and not speak out against the news media and left-leaning radicals accusing our president of being racist. For example, FOX News' Juan Williams recently had the audacity to chastise our president for not rebuking and using stronger language against those who caused the death of the woman in the Charlottesville assault.

Qualifications have no sex, creed

In the backlash from firing engineer James Damore, the CEO of Google said, "[L]et's not forget what unites us as a company -- our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives" ("Google's 'diversity' campaign seeks social, not technical, innovation," Web, Aug. 13). Very nice words — yet that is all they are.

Offended by all, left with nil

Along with the Confederate flag, to many Americans statues of Civil War generals have become symbols of a hateful and intolerant past. Relocation of these monuments is a difficult but reasonable compromise (especially given the alternative of having mobs topple and destroy them).

Trump's revision rang hollow

In reviewing the stunning twists and turns of the Trump administration in the days following the atrocity that took place in Charlottesville, one recognizes that perhaps the most laughable pledge made by the president is that he would bring us together. Meanwhile he pours gasoline on our wounds and lights a match.

David Brock: Turncoat for profit

John R. Coyne's review of Sharyl Attkisson's book "The Smear" has flushed another fat rat from the larder of bogus news ("Taking a hard look at the practices and principles of major media," Web, Aug. 9). The recent political metamorphosis of David Brock, of that paragon of modern news Media Matters, is surely a sign of the times.

Charlottesville attack shows divide

I unequivocally condemn the horrific violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend at a rally of white nationalists, organized as a backlash against the city's decision to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. It was distressing to watch videos of fists flying between rally members and countering protesters. A terrifying climax was reached when rally attendee James Fields Jr. allegedly plowed a sedan right into a sea of protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.

Only children can defy perceptions

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"Breaking the 'only child' stereotype mold" (Web, Aug. 11) asserts that only children continue to debunk the myth of being selfish, spoiled and self-centered. As an only child, I can attest to the fact that since my singular entrance into the world, I have experienced bias, which is shattered as individuals get to know me.

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