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An extraordinary, evocative photo captured an early morning in Iowa
The April 17 front-page photograph accompanying the article “In Iowa, the meaning of a life, a death and another cup of coffee” was extraordinary. Taken by photographer Michael S. Williamson, it wa...


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Why was this surgery checklist news now?
The April 19 news article “Study: Checklist may reduce post-surgery deaths” described a comprehensive study involving hospitals in South Carolina and implementation of a surgical safety checklist. Y...


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Muslim women in Syria are not cut out of inheritances
Priyanka Kumar’s otherwise excellent April 16 Book World review, “Grandmother’s life in Syria: Moments of beauty and fear,” of Alia Malek’s new book, “The Home That Was Our Country,” may have given...


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A serious golfer would never say this
I suspect serious golfers cringed when they spotted the headline “The president who golfed too much” [Sunday Opinion, April 23]. I’ve been playing golf for more than 60 years and have never heard...


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The first museum of the early United States is in Virginia
Contrary to the secondary headline and text in the April 16 Museums article “A revolutionary collection,” the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is not “the first museum devoted to th...


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For cancer patients, the beauty of eyelashes is more than meets the eye
I am a 64-year-old cancer survivor who immensely enjoyed the April 12 Style article “The age of lavish lashes.” I went bald years ago while successfully fighting metastatic endometrial cancer, the s...


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Two men dove down into the abyss
In the April 23 Outlook essay “Five myths: The oceans, ” Steve Palumbi and Anthony Palumbi misleadingly described William Beebe as “the first person to ever travel” below the reach of the sun’s rays...


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This took a skewed approach to editorializing on criminal justice
I found 96.5 percent of the April 17 editorial “Smart criminal justice reform” 100 percent informative and insightful. Devoting 503 of its 518 words (i.e., 96.5 percent) to describing the lamentable...


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Planned Parenthood offers referrals, not mammograms
The April 19 letter “Extending Mr. Will’s argument” implied that mammograms are one of the “extensive women’s health and reproductive services [that] must be maintained” by Planned Parenthood. In fa...


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Great teacher, but about that bulletin board ...
Regarding the April 17 Metro article “Students and peers at Rockville High call educator a passionate, tireless teacher”: As The Washington Post Teacher of the Year, Rockville High Sch...


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An out-of-character error for an erudite resident of ‘Sherman’s Lagoon’
The April 17 “Sherman’s Lagoon” comic contained the line “He just laid there at the bottom of his tank.” This is not grammatically correct. “Laid” is the past tense of “lay,” which is a transitive v...


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The new crossword puzzles are worth the extra effort
Alas, ye dastardly Post, thou hast forced me to set down my pen and retrieve my pencil. These diabolical Los Angeles Times daily crossword puzzles require more erasures, more time — and more fun. Th...


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Is there a better way to protect Bears Ears?
Regarding the April 25 news article “Trump to ask for review of national monuments”: Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said President Barack Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears region of Utah as a nat...


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This Trump voter is pleased with his accomplishments
Regarding the April 28 editorial “Not as bad as promised”: I voted for Donald Trump to stop the radical and destructive left-wing drift in the United States exemplified by Barack Obama’s presidenc...


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Small tornadoes skew the statistics for warning times
The April 24 news article “Forecasters are giving less advance notice for tornadoes” was overly alarmist. National Weather Service forecasters issue lifesaving warnings with as much lead time as sci...


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How to determine what tax rates should be
Regarding the April 26 editorial “Magical thinking on tax cuts”: Taxes affect business decisions, but they are one cost among many. Corporations rarely pay the headline 35 percent tax rate thanks to...


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The Civil War could have been averted
The April 25 Metro article “Corey Stewart loses backing of ally” reported that Prince William County Sheriff Glendell Hill has withdrawn his support for Virginia  gubernatorial hopeful Corey A. St...


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Is Trump’s FDA nominee too cozy with industry?
The April 25 news article “FDA nominee criticized on firm’s quota of fentanyl” was unsurprising but scary nonetheless. I’ve learned much since my teenager died in 2013 two days after a doctor i...


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Montgomery County is working to make affordable housing happen
Dale Barnhard’s April 5 letter, “To diversify schools, diversify housing,” argued for “a better way to ensure diversity in schools: build more affordable housing close to better schools.” That’s exact...


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Lawrence Hogan Sr. also supported D.C. voting representation
The April 23 obituary of Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., “Md. governor’s father backed Nixon ouster” [Metro], did not mention Mr. Hogan’s support for D.C. voting representation in Congress. When I was a staf...


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