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August 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Immigration: Time to repay debt for generational policy failures

Thanks for publishing Kay Hubbard’s guest column on the history of U.S. policies and their contribution to the present influx of thousands of children seeking refuge from the violence of their home countries ["How U.S. foreign policy in Central America created the child border crisis," Opinion, Aug. 12].  We owe these children safety, not only…

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June 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Iraq: Wait, don’t do something stupid

“Don’t just stand there, do something stupid.” That seems to be the consensus advice of opinion makers to President Obama [“Obama sets high bar for US military action in Iraq,” Nation & World, June 13]. And, yes, the second comma is missing on purpose. Most of the actions suggested by these opinion-makers are indeed demonstrably stupid….

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December 13, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Our relationship with Cuba

President Obama should not be reaching out

 Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, watches as President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro Ruz during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela Tuesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, left, watches as President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro Ruz during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela Tuesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The president’s action shows a change in our relationship with Cuba [“Obama busy at Mandela service,” News, Dec. 11].

I do not believe that Cuba is at a stage where we should be reaching out to them. Cuba is still controlled by a communist dictator. As a country that actively fights against communism, the United States should not be opening up further relations with Cuba. The United States still has a trade embargo with Cuba. President Obama has already started opening Cuba up to more U.S. tourists. While we may believe further relations with Cuba would help the Cuban people, our actions only help to tighten Castro’s hold on his dictatorship.

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December 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Iran’s nuclear potential should alarm every American

Our national policy should force Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions

The “deal” with Iran that supposedly halts its atomic bomb development should shock and alarm every American [“Give peace a chance in Iran,” Opinion, Nov. 27].

Iran gave up nothing and got billions in relief from sanctions. It will not impede Iran’s march to nuclear-strike capability in the slightest, and probably will aid it. The implications for the future may be as profound as the infamous Munich Agreement.

I urge readers to support those representatives and senators who are pressing for greater sanctions. If sanctions are effective, tighter sanctions would advance our aims — even more effectively. Our national policy should be nothing short of forcing Iran to give up their nuclear ambitions, not to elicit worthless promises from a relentless exporter of terrorism.

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November 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Iran should grant more rights to its citizens

Israel should have the right to exist on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people

Your recent editorial calling on the West to give peace a chance with Iran is dangerously naive and misguided [“Give peace a chance in Iran, Opinion, Nov. 27].

The deal violates at least six Security Council resolutions calling on Iran to close down its nuclear activities. Not slow them down; close them down.

The deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rightly criticized, grants Iran the right to continue enriching uranium. It would be more beneficial for the world if Iran granted to its own citizens the rights Americans enjoy.

They should grant Israel the right to exist on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, a right that was recognized and ratified by the League of Nations in 1922, instead of calling for a new holocaust to wipe Israel and the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Iran is a rogue nation, in conflict with every other country except those ruled by Shiite Islam, with a bad human-rights record. Iran is now correctly calling it a victory, and a defeat for the West, which is led by the United States.

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August 29, 2013 at 7:37 AM

War crimes in Syria

Follow legal procedure Please urge President Barack Obama to respond to the war crimes in Syria through the lawful channels of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. [“U.S. preparing evidence trail of chemical attack in Syria,” page one, Aug. 28.] We should also use this as an occasion to propose the strengthening of the…

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