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Another reason to remodel
Regarding the May 20 Real Estate article “Why remodeling, not moving, may be your best bet”: One reason for staying and remodeling that this article did not mention: In areas such as Arlington, yard s...


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Trump and DeVos are shortsighted on student loan debt
Regarding the May 18 news article “School choice is a priority in proposed budget”: President Trump’s latest shortsighted and slipshod budget proposal twists the knife on Americans struggling with ex...


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Chelsea Manning knew better
Regarding the May 18 news article “Chelsea Manning, who gave trove of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, exits prison”: Chelsea Manning released highly classified documents, which, with a maximum sentence o...


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H.R. McMaster has abandoned his own values
In his May 21 Outlook essay, “H.R. McMaster and the duty of dereliction,” Carlos Lozada gave voice to a disappointment I have been feeling. I recently read Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s well-researched bo...


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Who has lost the plot?
In his May 21 op-ed, “Why bother with an open mind?,” Barton Swaim wrote about those who “lose the plot,” and he was right: He has totally lost the plot. He forgot to connect dots and unconsciously ne...


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We need to fund and support social workers
The May 21 editorial “Why did an infant starve to death on Christmas?” said, “We appreciate the difficult — often thankless — work of under- ­resourced social workers.” Instead of just one sentence, t...


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The eviction process is difficult enough in D.C.
The D.C. Council is considering the Expanding Access to Justice Act of 2017, which would provide lawyers at no cost for low-income residents in the District’s landlord-tenant court. I seriously quest...


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‘Baumol’s disease’ is not the sickest thing about our economy
Regarding George F. Will’s May 18 op-ed, “Productivity’s ‘disease’ ”: William Baumol had an important insight with his theory known as “Baumol’s disease.” However, recent history has shown that its...


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The truth about carried interest
The May 13 editorial “Make-believe tax reform” rightly reminded readers that the debate around carried interest is driven by political rhetoric. However, it failed to separate this erroneous rhetori...


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Actually, Mr. President, we can think of worse witch hunts . . .
President Trump says the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election was the “single greatest witch hunt in American history” [“Trump won’t be silent on Russia probe, even at...


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Maryland progressives need to act fast in the governor’s race
Maryland Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery) has his heart in the right place, asking the state’s political power brokers to delay taking sides in the 2018 governor’s race [“Democrats are divided on su...


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Aurora Organic Dairy earns the ‘Organic’ in its name
Regarding the May 2 front-page article “ ‘Organic’ or not?”: At Aurora Organic Dairy, we care a great deal about organic agriculture. Aurora’s cows graze on pasture, and we meet and exceed the grazi...


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A new addition to the pantheon of great umbrella photographs
My favorite thing in The Post is the artful photography. The latest gem is Robert Miller’s puddle-jumper hoisting aloft a red and white umbrella [“Wind’s in the east; mist comin’ in,” front page, Ma...


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Obama’s FCC, not Trump’s, made hasty changes
The headline on the May 6 news article “FCC chief typifies bureaucracy at work in Trump’s Washington” gave away the focus. While the article could have taken the tack that the Federal Communications...


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Sorry, asteroid-mining is still science fiction. Here’s why.
As a retired physical scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines and a long-ago mining industry exploration geologist, I was appalled by the false impressions presented in the May 8 letter “Assessing m...


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Stephen Hawking thinks artificial intelligence is a bigger threat than climate change
Unless you read the May 8 news article “Hawking moves up apocalypse date” to the bitter end, you would think the main causes for humans needing to colonize a new planet were global warming and...


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When the Associated Press was compromised by the Nazis
The otherwise excellent and informative May 11 Retropolis column, “A WWII secret: AP had photo deal with Nazis,” left out relevant points. The relationship between the Nazis and the Associat...


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The deer scavenging on human remains is no laughing matter
The May 11 news article “Bambi’s revenge? Deer are detected nibbling on human bones, a first ,” discussed what happens at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Tex. According to...


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Democrats aren’t mad that Comey was fired. They’re mad that Trump did it.
Regarding Lisa Benson’s May 13 Drawing Board editorial cartoon: A simple change of emphasis, from “fire” to the “you” that precedes it, would explain Democrats’ apparently contradictory stances on f...


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No more puffery on the Museum of the Bible, please
The May 7 Museums article “Bringing scriptures to digital life” said the Museum of the Bible “will also sport high-tech activities and displays that will connect the ancient text to contempor...


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