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Uprooting racism goes beyond toppling monuments
Regarding the Metro Aug. 14 article “In Va., bipartisan censure of white supremacy”: I am grateful that many elected officials and candidates for office in Virginia were quick to condemn the ugly ac...


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Let’s run the numbers on a health-care industry reshuffle
Regarding Dana Milbank’s Aug. 13 Sunday Opinion column, “The Bernie Bros are coming to the Republicans’ rescue,” and the “new litmus test for Democrats,” I say, show me the money. Recently I emaile...


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What military leaders would consider if a president called for a nuclear strike
Regarding the Aug. 11 news article “Little to stop Trump if he orders nuclear attack”: The missing question is whether the military would act or decline to act. An order to launch a nuclear attack...


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Shootings like the one that killed Jamahri Sydnor will not end anytime soon
Regarding the Aug. 14 Metro article “Stray bullet snuffs out radiant spirit, bright mind”: I was deeply saddened to read of the death of Woodrow Wilson High School graduate Jamahri Sydnor. Only day...


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Charlottesville brings home the dangers of hate
Regarding the Aug. 13 front-page article “Charlottesville protest takes a deadly turn”: We are embarking on a slippery slope by tearing down Civil War statues that offend. I find the notion of slav...


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The D.C. police officer in the motorcyclist shooting should be returned to duty
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) are among the shamelessly opportunistic politicians condemning a D.C. police officer —...


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Assaults on the Senate will accomplish little
Regarding the Aug. 11 front-page article “Trump’s attack on GOP ally criticized”: The battering tweets of President Trump on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ensure that the aborted mi...


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Prince George’s residents are making too much of a stink about trash collection
Regarding the Aug. 9 Metro article “Complaints about trash pile up in Pr. George’s”: I live in an independent Prince George’s County city with once-a-week trash pickup and find it more than adequat...


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The heartbreaking violence in Charlottesville
President Trump’s “statement” regarding the terrorist attacks by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville was weak, biased and ignorant. The alt-right is dangerously anti-American. These groups sho...


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The administration shows its true, undemocratic colors
I was so dismayed to see the Aug. 9 front-page article “In switch, Justice Dept. backs Ohio voter purge” that I set the article aside that whole day. Later, I forced myself to read its depressing mess...


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Another reason China censors the Internet
The Aug. 10 editorial “Squelching Internet freedom” tackled the major phenomenon in Russia and China of rulers fearing the free flow of information. But the editorial missed a key fact that China’s le...


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Michael Vick doesn’t belong in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame
I urge the leadership of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to reverse the decision to support Michael Vick’s induction into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. I have been a lo...


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A lecture a day keeps learning at bay
The July 31 news article “University of Vermont’s medical school to excise lectures from curriculum” might have led the uninformed reader to suspect that education in the basic sciences had been...


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A comic strip’s tasteless Holocaust joke
Mike Lester’s July 30 “Mike Du Jour” comic strip [Arts & Style] was inappropriate and decidedly not funny. Even his dog character noted it was “not kosher.” W...


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The difficult truths behind ‘Dunkirk’
Michael Gerson began his July 28 op-ed, “The deliverance of a nation,” with the statement that one of the greatest victories of World War II was the mass evacuation of British and French troops from...


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Publishing transcripts of Trump’s phone calls was childish
The Post’s decision to publish the full transcripts of President Trump’s telephone conversations with Mexican President ­Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was deeply...


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Cool ‘Disco’ Dan’s self-promotion was vandalism, not art
Regarding the July 30 Metro obituary “ ‘A folk hero’: D.C. street art legend Cool ‘Disco’ Dan dies at 47”: While justifiably notable in connecting Danny Hogg to his alter ego, Cool “Disco” Dan,...


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Finally, good news amid all the bad
There it was! Finally, on the very last page of the July 30 Sunday early edition main news section, sitting above a nearly full-page ad, relief! After 15 pages of unrelenting discord, digression and...


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Proof that reading is important: Trump doesn’t read
I was quite taken by Philip Yancey’s July 29 Religion essay, “The death of reading is threatening the soul” [Metro]. He discussed the importance of reading in intellectual development and focus. I f...


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Even Faulkner can be conquered — if you join a book club
In her Aug. 2 op-ed, “Who can save us from ourselves?,” Kathleen Parker related a conversation with a friend whom she asked, “Can you imagine reading Faulkner now?” He responded, “We can’t.” Well,...


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