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Slur or harmless sports name?
Thanks to Kevin B. Blackistone for his research-based, thoughtful commentary on the use of racial slurs such as “Slant” and “Redskins” [“A misguided celebration after ruling by Supreme Court,” Spo...


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Interior Department cuts represent an assault on our public lands
While Americans were distracted by the promised horrors of the GOP’s secret health-care bill, the president was continuing his quiet assault on our public lands, this time through eviscerating budge...


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Supreme Court must step in on gerrymandering
In his June 22 op-ed, “Just how partisan is too partisan?,” Charles Lane asked, “can there be a partisan gerrymander with no gerrymandering?” Unfortunately, that’s the wrong question. With today’s...


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Can’t live with or without Metro
Regarding the June 22 Style review “Blood-red sky or just rose-colored glasses?”: I was there for the stellar performance of U2 on June 20 at FedEx Field. My wife and I took the Metro from Arlington. ...


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Was this mother really a threat?
As reported in the June 21 Metro article “Mother of 2 is deported to El Salvador despite governor’s efforts,” Liliana Cruz Mendez was finally deported to her native El Salvador. Immigration a...


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Don’t doubt that Scott Pruitt will finally address Superfund sites the EPA has ignored
While it’s refreshing to see attention given to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that he is going to refocus his agency’s attention on core mission ta...


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Et tu, Public Theater?
I’m sympathetic to Catherine Rampell’s concerns in her June 20 op-ed, “The play’s not the thing,” about protests against this summer’s “Julius Caesar.” But I can’t help thinking that the Public Thea...


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A ‘good guy’ with a gun at the Alexandria shooting might have confused police
Regarding the June 20 Metro article “Congressman advocates for gun carrying, even in D.C.”: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) needs to have a serious talk with the Alexandria police officers who responded t...


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Adam West, the Light Knight
Regarding the June 11 obituary for Adam West, “Actor renowned for his role as Batman”: I had the great honor of sharing the stage with West in two dinner theater productions back in the 1980s. The p...


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One can be religious and still be ‘one of us’
Why is it that in order for the modern-day victim of a religious hate crime to merit sympathy, he or she must have distanced him- or herself from the possibility of having been pious? The June 19...


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Words do matter
Kathleen Parker wrote in her June 21 op-ed, “Can words kill?,” that “Words do matter, but they’re not lethal.” That was tragically incorrect in Conrad Roy’s case. Just as tactful, concerned words ca...


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The political rhetoric surrounding Warmbier’s death sounds familiar
A University of Virginia student was killed by the North Koreans for maybe trying to steal a poster [“Warmbier dies days after his return in a coma,” front page, June 20]. Politicians condemn this...


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Don’t blame Republicans for gerrymandering. It’s a bipartisan problem.
I am in complete agreement with Tom Toles’s disgust with gerrymandering as indicated in his June 13 editorial cartoon. But in that cartoon, he implied that only Republicans (see elephant) are respon...


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Step 1: Learning that Trump is solipsistic. Step 2: Learning what ‘solipsistic’ means.
I’m awed at the erudition of The Post’s copy desk. Are all the headlines written by  past winners of the National Spelling Bee? Even the brightest 12-year-old spelling champ might stumble over a wor...


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‘Chancellor,’ one title with many meanings
The June 12 news article “British Conservatives keep up criticism of May” was a very informative and good analysis of the aftermath of British elections resulting in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Con...


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Locals know Omaha is full of surprises
As a native of Omaha, I was surprised and pleased to see it featured in the June 11 Travel section [“ You’re going where ? Omaha”]. Although there is excellent shopping and dining in Omaha and the D...


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Does ‘outright awfulness’ sound like objective journalism to you?
Regarding the June 12 front-page article “True to the law’s principles or betraying her own?”: I was shocked that editors allowed editorializing in the profile of lawyer Jamie Gorelick’s work on beh...


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The Post shouldn’t print profanity about Trump
The June 18 Second Glance [The Washington Post Magazine] showed graffiti on a D.C. wall that said “F--- Trump.” It was depicted in the original photograph and yet deleted in the altered v...


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A test for whether the Warriors should shake Trump’s hand
I believe Sally Jenkins confused the words “oppose” and “respect” in her June 15 Sports column, “Take a stand? NBA champs should visit D.C., shake president’s hand.” I can oppose someone or his goal...


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We should commend Metro for its emphasis on safety
Regarding the June 20 Metro article “Riders too unhappy to cheer SafeTrack’s finale”: I am a regular rider of Metro — buses and trains. While I know that s...


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