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August 6, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Slain soldier's father should blame Clinton Khizr Khan angrily attacked Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention for his immigration stance, relating it to his son's death in Iraq ("Trump: He is criticized over soldier's dad," Sunday). Millions of us share Trump's concern about immigration from countries with terrorist ties without proper vetting. Is Khan angry at all of us, too? Khan's son died heroically in support of our country, but that was in 2004.
NEWS
August 6, 2016
ISSUE | HOMELESSNESS We should do better The time may have come when a "Get into jail free" card is more valuable than a "Get out of jail free" card. A woman in Wyoming could have used one ("FBI: Woman stole her way back to jail," Saturday). The woman, who was recently released from prison, robbed a Cheyenne bank, threw thousands of dollars in the air, and waited to be arrested. She wanted to go back to prison, investigators said, because she had been beaten on the streets and could not get into a homeless shelter.
NEWS
August 5, 2016
IN "LOST in Democrats' Fantasy Land," (July 29) Christine Flowers peddles a dark, stark view of politics that leaves little room for the complexities of real life. Women and people of color know better than most what it's like to have our rights trampled, our safety threatened, and even our lives endangered by politicians and policies that fail to recognize our humanity. We can't afford to live with rose-colored glasses, especially when the Hyde Amendment and other bans on insurance coverage for abortion are used to deny women the care they need and push families into poverty.
NEWS
August 5, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Republican Castille: Won't vote for Trump Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump just lost my vote ("More outrage on Trump, Khans," Tuesday). I am a Vietnam veteran, and I survived the war mostly physically intact, except for my missing leg from combat wounds. That would, in most people's minds, meet the definition of "sacrifice. " But an even greater sacrifice is losing a son in combat while serving our nation, as has Khizr Khan, the Muslim immigrant who spoke of the death of his son, U.S. Army Capt.
NEWS
August 5, 2016
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE $15 an hour could cost jobs A commentary supported its call for a $15 federal minimum wage by pointing out that nearly half of the American workforce makes less than this ("Agenda for working families," Monday). But that is hardly a justification for such a wage hike; in fact, it's an illustration of how extreme the proposal is. When employers can't offset such cost increases through higher prices, fewer jobs and more automation are the predictable results.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
ISSUE | HOST CITY Top-notch police work A tip of the hat to the Philadelphia Police Department ("Police kept the peace," Saturday). As a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I have participated in the planning of dozens of large-scale international events. In this post-9/11 era, with the threat of terrorism looming over our shoulders, Philadelphia police balanced huge security issues with the freedoms protected in this great nation. The police deserve a huge "Thank you. " and the city should be proud of their performance.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Vets, shun Trump No one has the right to criticize Gold Star parents like Khizr and Ghazala Khan ("More outrage on Trump, Khans," Tuesday). Donald Trump has crossed the line of decency. In addition to saying our military is weak and that Sen. John McCain wasn't a hero for getting captured, he has criticized Muslim immigrants who lost a son defending our country. As an Army veteran and commander of American Legion Post 227, I call on all of our country's veterans' organizations to denounce Trump's candidacy.
NEWS
August 3, 2016
ISSUE | FARMING Best to grow food I was glad to read that Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale is still farming and did not sell out to developers ("Cash crop," Sunday). Rather than converting farmland to miniature golf courses, however, it would be better for the owner to try growing food instead of feed. A diverse produce farm that uses sustainable farming practices, or a dairy that grazes cows on grass (which cows should eat instead of grain), generates more income for farm families than selling commodity feed grain and provides local food that's fresh, nutrient-dense, and flavorful.
NEWS
August 3, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A fool's errand to blast hero's kin Donald Trump's response to the stirring Democratic National Convention speech by Khizr Khan - a Pakistani immigrant whose son, a U.S. Army captain, was killed in Iraq - once again demonstrated the Republican presidential nominee's ignorance ("Trump: He is criticized over soldier's dad," Sunday). Khan pointed out that Trump has "sacrificed nothing and no one. " Trump responded by saying he has made a lot of sacrifices by working "very, very hard" and creating "tens of thousands of jobs.
NEWS
August 3, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Conduct hearings Senate Republicans have refused to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until the next president takes office ("Phila. lawyer urges hearings," Sunday). The Constitution is clear about how appointments must be made, and the rules have been followed for more than 200 years. Former federal judge Tim Lewis said he put his ideological differences aside and testified on behalf of conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. because he was a "good person and a fine judge" and "it was the right thing to do. " That's what is missing in the U.S. government today: the selfless act of doing the right thing for the good of the people.
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