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Gun violence in America
The juxtaposition of two Feb. 22 front-page articles was stunning. The article “ ‘Fix it’: Students, parents plead with Trump for action to stop shootings” discussed President Trump’s meeting with tho...


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Pension overhaul should be included in any changes to Metro
Regarding the Feb. 19 editorial “Raising the stakes on Metro”: I read every editorial that The Post prints on providing a “long-term financial lifeline to Metro.” The editorials always talk about...


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This cure would harm small businesses
The Feb. 21 editorial on the Commerce Department’s Section 232 investigation into steel and aluminum imports, “A cure way worse than the disease,” was largely spot on. Commerce Secretary Wilbur R...


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Billy Graham’s charisma leapt out of the television and into America’s living rooms
Regarding the Feb. 22 front-page obituary for the Rev. Billy Graham, “Evangelist spread Gospel to world’s poor and powerful”: My grandmother loved to tell the story of the day when a handsome youn...


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Arming teachers would be dangerous, and there are other, better options
Regarding the Feb. 21 front-page article “Trump open to gun limits”: As a student at Virginia Tech during the 2007 mass shooting, I know firsthand what it is like to live through such a horrific...


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D.C. demanded too much of Antwan Wilson
The resignation of Antwan Wilson as D.C. Public Schools chancellor after it was discovered that he had skirted the District’s rules for school placement represents what is wrong with many educationa...


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But Capt. Dreyfus was innocent
David Von Drehle wrote in his Feb. 21 op-ed, “For an innocent man, he sure does act guilty,” that “the president protests his innocence with intensity worthy of Capt. Dreyfus himself.” But wasn’t...


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There's not enough evidence here to fault kratom
The Feb. 22 news article “CDC warns about kratom after salmonella outbreak” reported that “Most of the people sickened have reported consuming kratom in pills, powder or tea, according to the CDC.”...


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A vivid illustration of sleep paralysis
The illustration for the Jan. 30 Health & Science article “An ogre squatting on my chest” was truly remarkable: good art used as an illustration. It was imaginative, reflective of the nightmare qual...


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Save the snark
Honestly, the concept for “Symposium Man” [Washington Post Magazine, Feb. 11] was interesting, and I wanted to read that article. But I was stopped cold by the snarky style of the writ...


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You won’t see these clothes in ‘small-town America’
Regarding the Feb. 17 Style article “This year, dress like the strong, quirky individual you are. These designers are glad to help.”: I am dismayed by the representation of “small-town America.”...


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Those would be some expensive windows
The Feb. 17 article on expensive homes in the D.C. area, “Capital homes ” [Real Estate], made the Wardman Tower seem even fancier than I had imagined. After all, the writer stated, its penthouse boa...


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Surely this news deserves more space
In the Feb. 15 news section, there were many interesting articles of importance with several columns of print dedicated to each, such as: “Can’t code me love,” “A fine line protecting, mollifying Tr...


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Capturing the true spirit of the Olympics
Regarding the Feb. 17 front-page article “A touching finish as Olympian as it gets”: Kudos to The Post for publishing an article about the real spirit of the Olympics. The photograph says m...


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Unpopular portraits
Regarding Philip Kennicott’s review of the Barack and Michelle Obama portraits in his Feb. 13 front-page Critic’s Notebook, “The Obamas’ portraits, refreshing the memory”: The busy symbolism of...


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What some atheists do believe in
Regarding Bruce Grant’s Feb. 10 Free for All letter, “An atheist is not agnostic”: While I agree with Grant’s rebuttal of the Jan. 28 Book World review by Wray Herbert of Michael Shermer’s “Heavens on...


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A rough guide through the various sounds of English
In his Feb. 17 Free for All letter, William A. Hall pointed out that the syllable “ough” has at least four other sounds [“A rough pronunciation guide”]. In fact, there are at least eight more than the...


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Iran had a role in this, too
An Iranian drone invades Israeli airspace, and The Post headline said, “Israel strikes after jet crashes” [front page, Feb. 11]. Why not try to be fair for a change and include the Iranian drone in...


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Investing in Metro would be the much smarter transit policy
I agree with Benjamin Ross, who wrote in his Feb. 18 Local Opinions essay, “Maryland needs more rail, not more toll lanes,” that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) “Lexus lanes” are pure folly and wro...


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Raffling an AR-15 at a ‘gun bingo’ is reprehensible
On Feb. 17, Aaron Penman, a Harford County Republican who is running for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates, raffled off an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and other guns at a fundraiser. I am an ind...


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