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The longer history on treason and the Civil War
In the Feb. 19 Outlook essay “Five myths — Treason,” Carlton F.W. Larson stated that the Civil War did not lead to mass executions and the “spirit of reconciliation prevailed.” This view doesn’t qui...


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Disappearance of affordable housing isn’t inevitable
The Feb. 19 Metro article “Priced out as transit pushes growth in” described key Prince George’s County leadership — County Council member Deni Taveras (D), who represents Langley Park, and Prince...


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Trump’s attack on the First Amendment
Two things stagger belief: President Trump’s menacing tweet Friday that the media “is the enemy of the American People” and the lack of any GOP response. The tweet is Hitlerian. It is not hysterical...


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McCain’s words and actions on Trump
Regarding the Feb. 18 news article “McCain delivers takedown of Trump’s worldview”: I had the good fortune to sit next to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) one Friday on a flight to Arizona. Even though...


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We cannot incarcerate ourselves out of crime
Kudos to Judge Shira A. Scheindlin for her insightful Feb. 19 Outlook essay, “I put people in prison for too long. I had no choice.” The “lock ’em up” mentality of mandatory minimum sentences that s...


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America should be grateful for its NATO partners
The Feb. 19 editorial “A time for Europe to step up” noted that the United States is spending more on defense than most NATO members and implied that other countries need the United States more than...


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A big bill for taxpayers to be picking up
The Feb. 17 front-page article “Trump travels come at high cost” answered my question about who picked up the hefty tab for the trip with the Japanese prime minister and his entourage at Mar-a-Lago....


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The national parks desperately need infrastructure repairs
The new report on our nation’s crumbling infrastructure painted a troubling and familiar picture for many of the region’s iconic roadways, most notably the Arlington Memorial Bridge [“More than 55,000...


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Limiting SNAP options isn’t the cure
Charles Lane’s Feb. 16 op-ed, “How liberals undermine food stamps,” failed to address a vital question in light of a recent report regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients’ spend...


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Trump might not be a fascist, but he’s still dangerous
Barton Swaim’s Feb. 17 op-ed, “Today’s populism isn’t fascism,” hardly helped us comprehend the dangers President Trump poses to our beloved country, its democracy and the Constitution. Whether or not...


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A misleading shot at the federal agency rulemaking process
George F. Will’s Feb. 16 op-ed, “How to stop a trade war,” which defended the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (Reins) Act, took a shot at the federal agency rulemaking process. Mr...


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The research on charter schools is inconclusive
The Feb. 15 editorial “Charter schools’ chance to break through in Virginia” promoted legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that would ease restrictions on the authorization and operation of...


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Terrorizing immigrants endangers us all
Regarding the Feb. 16 editorial “Sweeping up immigrants, sowing anxiety”: The deportation of a broad range of immigrants, not just convicted criminals, will include victims of crime and vulnerable w...


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Mr. Obama left our country in good shape
The Feb. 17 front-page article “Trump defends month in office” quoted President Trump lamenting the “mess” that his “fine-tuned machine” of an administration inherited in the apparent belief that si...


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A chance for Israel and Palestinians
At his Feb. 15 meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump carefully shifted the emphasis for resolving the Palestinian conflict from bilateral negotiations that h...


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The courts are key to our democracy
Peter G. Tsouras’s Feb. 15 letter, “The ban and what comes next,” complained that Washington state and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit have “resurrected the dangerous concept of nullific...


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I support the Metro Safety Commission
Shirley Cross’s Feb. 16 letter to the editor, “Another hit for Metro,” criticized my sponsorship of legislation establishing the forthcoming Metro Safety Commission as “slow-walking the approval of th...


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A vibrant Postal Service is vital
Regarding the Feb. 14 editorial “Patching the Postal Service”: The premise that the U.S. Postal Service is hemorrhaging more than $5 billion a year is false. This “red ink” is the product of an absu...


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This infographic played down the threat of terrorism
The Jan. 30 news infographic “Attacks in the U.S. by Islamist extremists are rare,” in the wake of the controversy over the new immigration and refugee executive order signed by Presi...


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Sharing a plate of fruit at the zoo
In these days of political turmoil, when many feel that decisions are being thrust upon them, it was heartwarming to learn that Dutch zookeepers are allowing a female orangutan to participate in mat...


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