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April 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Ukraine: Obama is miscalculating the threat from Russia

The Seattle Times editorial reflects the same naivete the Obama administration has in calculating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tactical and strategic interests in Ukraine [“All eyes on May 25 presidential election in Ukraine,” Opinion, April 21]. I guarantee “all eyes” are not on this election. And short of electing a pro-Russian leader (not very…

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0 Comments | More in Ukraine | Topics: President Obama, russia, Ukraine

April 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Obama’s race: Racial bias not common among conservative groups

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. asked the rhetorical question, “What would it look like if race played no role in the treatment of president Obama?” ["Race and Obama news coverage," Opinion, April 20]. It’s a legitimate question I’d like to try to answer: As a politically active conservative (not synonymous with Republican), I’ve talked to…

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0 Comments | More in Race | Topics: conservatives, John Cartmell, Leonard Pitts Jr.

January 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM

State of the Union: Climate change, Ukraine important parts of speech

How climate change could have factored more prominently It was heartening to hear the president of the United States declare forcefully that climate change is real and a pressing moral responsibility [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28]. It was encouraging to hear him advocate an end to oil company subsidies, greater…

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0 Comments | More in State of the Union | Topics: climate change, Davis Oldham, Joseph Grant

January 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

State of the Union: Improve the economy to address inequality

In his State of the Union speech [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28], President Obama is still following the main plank in the Democratic platform: never solve a problem, just treat the symptoms. Of course he’s also following the number two plank: if something isn’t working, do more of…

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0 Comments | More in State of the Union | Topics: Democrats, Gary T. McGavran, President Obama

January 7, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Edward Snowden: Obama on the wrong side of history

While I generally support President Obama, his position on Edward Snowden sure puts him on the wrong side of history [“2 newspapers call for clemency for Edward Snowden,” News, Jan. 3].

World opinion increasingly hails Snowden as a hero, and it’s become quite clear that this is how history will view him. The president really needs to do an about-face on this one or risk future generations putting him in the same mental folder with the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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0 Comments | More in NSA | Topics: Edward Snowden, Mark Zmuda, President Obama

January 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Background checks: Those with mental illnesses should not have guns

With the mass slayings by people with mental illnesses we need to endorse background checks as proposed by President Obama [“Obama proposes firearm background check changes,” News, Jan. 3]. Preventing murder, even with an insanity defense, is a high moral value notably seen in the Ten Commandments.

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0 Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: mental illness, National Alliance on Mental Illness, President Obama

October 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Good to know health-care computer glitches are being solved

Your article “Obama taps experts to fix online snags in care plan” [page one, Oct. 21] is interesting to me. As a college student in my mid-20s, I am finding myself needing to sign up for my own health insurance at the same time as President Obama’s health-care reforms are taking effect. I had previously heard about…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health-care, health-care reform

October 16, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Obama prolonging government shutdown

President must learn to negotiate President Obama is willfully prolonging the government shutdown and spitefully making middle-class Americans suffer [“Obamacare battle rife with ideological irony,” news, Oct. 15]. Just as former President Clinton negotiated with U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich and President Reagan negotiated with U.S. Rep. Tip O’ Neill for the betterment of America, President Obama should…

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August 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

United States involvement with Syria

Why us? The drum is beating for the U.S. to “strike” Syria. [“Obama may go it alone against Syria,” page one, Aug. 30.] The President says he must first confer with Congress and our allies. What obliges us to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons? Aren’t there international precedents and regulations for handling such atrocities? William…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Politics | Topics: chemical weapons, international sanctions, President Obama

February 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Avoidance of sequestration lacks urgency

Governmental figures should be included in cuts Should sequestration be ratified and put into place, I would assume our U.S. senators, representatives, the president and his Cabinet members can expect to have their pay, pensions and other benefits cut in the same percentage(s) applied to other proposed cutbacks [“Not much urgency to avoid automatic spending...

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0 Comments | More in Economy | Topics: Economic cutbacks, President Obama, Sequestration