Old Letters to the editor

Old Letters to the editor
Letters from before 2008.

By News on the Net - Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Full Story

Avoid rushing to judgment in “kangaroo court” sex cases

MADISON, Wisconsin — An achievement of the modern feminist movement has been to make society and policymakers more aware of such injustices as domestic violence and sexual assault.

This was especially needed in higher education because colleges improperly resisted acknowledging sexual crimes for far too long.
But reform movements can sometimes go awry, which appears to be the case with the Title IX regulations that now govern the handling of sexual misconduct charges on college campuses.  The Trump administration should end these kangaroo court-type practices.

By Donald A. Downs - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Ensuring broccoli sprouts retain their cancer-fighting compounds

Raw broccoli sprouts, a rich source of potential cancer-fighting compounds, have become a popular health food in recent years. But conventional heat treatment used to kill bacteria on produce can reduce levels of the broccoli sprouts’ helpful phytochemicals. Now researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that high-pressure processing could wipe out harmful bacteria while maintaining high concentrations of its health-promoting ingredients.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Cell phone data coupled with sewage testing show drug use patterns

The drugs people inhale, inject or ingest ultimately end up in some form down the toilet. So scientists have started monitoring drug use through sewage-based epidemiology. But this approach hasn’t taken into account the variation in number of people who add to wastewater in a given area at a given time. Now one team reports in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology a way to account for commutes and vacations: by tracking cell phone signals.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Smokers who quit have metabolite levels that resemble those of nonsmokers

Even after years of smoking, the body has a remarkable ability to repair itself. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, scientists report that certain metabolic changes occur soon after quitting, and these changes could help explain how some ill-effects of smoking might be reversible.

Smoking kills more than 7 million people worldwide annually and is one of the most important risk factors for six of world’s eight leading causes of premature death, according to the World Health Organization. But soon after a person quits, the body begins to repair some of accumulated damage caused by smoking. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, within two to three months of quitting, lung function begins to improve and the risk of heart attack begins to diminish. A previous study published in 2013 suggested that metabolic changes that occur after smoking cessation may kick start these physiological improvements. Building on this work, Nikola Pluym and colleagues sought to hone in on what alterations smoking causes in the body’s metabolic pathways and whether any of these changes are reversible after quitting.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Critics: State Department Delaying Aid Congress Provided to Yazidis, Christians in Iraq

Human rights activists and Catholic groups are questioning why the State Department still appears reluctant to direct money Congress appropriated to assist Christians, Yazidis, and other persecuted religious minorities in Iraq but this week quickly dispatched $32 million to help a majority Muslim group fleeing violence in Burma.

The State Department on Thursday announced it would provide a humanitarian aid package worth nearly $32 million to the Rohingya, a persecuted minority group in Burma. More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled Burma, a majority Buddhist nation, for Bangladesh over the past month to escape wide-scale violence that the United Nations’ top human rights official has labeled ethnic cleansing.—More…

By News on the Net -- Free Beacon- Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

CTF study: Who pays Canada’s income tax bill?

OTTAWA, ON: In the midst of the debate over the federal government’s proposed tax changes, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new study, Who Pays Income Tax? Based on the most recent CRA filing data available (2014), here are the facts about who pays income tax and in what proportions:

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

“I Wish He’d taught me at The Harvard Medical School”

This week I interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, an international authority on nutrition and vitamin therapy, and Editor of The Orthomolecular Medical News Service. Saul believes the greatest medical dangers today are the epidemic of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, overuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and neglect of natural remedies. These, he says, will be the medical tsunami for our Health Care System. So I asked Dr. Saul to elaborate some of these pitfalls.

Saul immediately defended natural vitamin E. He claimed that in the early 1960s the U.S. postal service prosecuted people for mailing this vitamin! But now we know it’s essential for fighting cardiovascular disease. Doctors, he says, forget their physiology lessons, that vitamin E increases the amount of work the heart can do on less oxygen. This can relieve anginal pain. And along with magnesium, it helps leg cramps.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Jimmy Kimmel? Chuck Schumer here

By Dag Barkley - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Trump Approves More Than 100K Illegal Aliens for DACA in Last Three Months

President Trump’s administration has approved more than 100,000 illegal aliens to be shielded from deportation and given work permits through an Obama-created temporary amnesty program, new federal immigration data reveals.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, nearly 800,000 illegal aliens have been allowed to remain in the U.S., receive federal benefits, and work legally. This month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would ultimately end the program, enacting a phase-out of DACA.—More…

By Breitbart News - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Judge Smacks Down CA Attorney General For “Misleading” Ballot Initiative LanguageJudge S

In a stunning court rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office, a Sacramento Superior Court Judge announced Friday that Xavier Becerra’s title and summary for the Repeal of the Gas Tax initiative is “misleading and is likely to create prejudice against the measure”—and that he’d “do a rewrite himself” to make it clear the measure would repeal Jerry Brown‘s increases gas taxes and vehicle fees.

California Attorney General Becerra’s title placed on the gas-tax repeal reads: “Eliminates recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes.”

By Katy Grimes - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story


Campus police have opened a hate-crime investigation into the David Horowitz Freedom Center after its informational posters were circulated around UC Berkeley exposing various radical students and faculty as “terrorist supporters.”

The probe comes as Berkeley shuts down the planned “Free Speech Week” that was to have gotten underway Sunday. Free Speech Week was to be hosted by Milo Yiannopoulos, whose speech on the campus in February was shut down by the violent left-wing radicals of Antifa, the pretended anti-fascist activists. The environment on campus at that time and now is like a scene out of the science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, in which authorities organize the extinguishing of free expression instead of protecting it. At Yiannopoulos’s speech and other conservative campus events, Berkeley campus police have at times stood by and done nothing as conservatives were physically assaulted, or in some cases, made it easier for leftists to batter conservatives.

By Matthew Vadum - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Manufacturer launches challenge against power fee that has cost Ontarians billions

A Canadian manufacturer of railroad freight cars has launched a constitutional challenge aimed at
the legitimacy of an Ontario energy fee estimated to have cost the province’s electricity customers $37 billion in less than a decade.

The so-called global adjustment fees are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hamilton-based National Steel Car Ltd. against Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General, Minister of Energy and the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which manages the power grid and sets the rate that local electricity utilities use to charge customers.—More…

By News on the Net - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

The Democrats’ Dolchstosslegende

The Democrats went into the election certain that they were going to win. The New York Times rated Hillary’s chances at 93%. The Huffington Post raised that to 98%. That was still too modest for Obama campaign manager David Plouffe who predicted a 100% likelihood of Hillary winning.

It wasn’t strategy or statistics that made the Dems think that victory was certain. It was ideology.

By Daniel Greenfield - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

What if ‘collusion with Russia’ was manufactured by Obama’s DOJ to justify wiretapping Paul Manafort

Let me state right at the outset: I don’t believe in conspiracies. They’re implausible to organize and impossible to pull off in a city where no one has any real loyalty and no one can keep their mouths shut.

Massive lies sold to the American public are not the result of powerful people gathering in a room, hatching a plan and then protecting their secret with their lives. That’s not possible. It’s also not necessary. The Beltway is a community of followers, and no one is more guilty of serial following than the establishment news media, their protests to the contrary notwithstanding. All you have to do is establish a narrative you successfully position as respectable - even if it’s a total lie - and they will push it for you. You don’t have to send them instructions to do so. They will just do it because it’s what they do.

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Russia’s Secret Agent Man Hiding in Plain Sight

In the era of “Fake News” unvarnished truth rarely, if ever, finds its way to the media-propagandized masses.

In order to keep the masses in the dark, Fake News leans on a typical tactic of cultural Marxism—projection, falsely projecting Conservatives as the only purveyors of Fake News.

It isn’t just that lies get halfway around the world before truth ever gets its pants on, it’s that social media is an unidentified swamp creature snapping its capacious hungry jaws on any truth making its way into the sunlight.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Why Keeping the DACA “Nightmares” Here is Unconstitutional

The way to defeat the Left, is not to argue against their false and made up premises with facts and logic, although that is the trap Republicans always fall into.  The way to defeat the Left is to trump (sorry) their talking points and lies, (pretty much the same thing) with brand new and compelling arguments which never would have crossed their minds.  So I came up with a legal theory as to why keeping the DACA Nightmares here, is unconstitutional.

Language is everything, so please always use the term DACA Nightmares, never Dreamers.  Dreamer was picked specifically in reference to, and connection with, “The American Dream.”  This is to promote sympathy, guilt, confusion, distorted loyalty, manipulation, control, and victory for the Left.  Don’t fall for it.  The American Dream is for Americans, legal immigrants, and those who aspire to come here legally.  It can never be used for illegal aliens.

By Greg Penglis - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Rebels Without A Brain

I had a friend, Bela, who, along with his comrades, swam the Danube beneath whistling swarms of machine-gun fire during the Budapest Uprising of 1956. You want to tear down some statues, kiddies? He had just helped to topple the giant effigy of mass murderer Stalin and drag his big bronze head into the square where a beautiful old church formerly stood. The church had been arrogantly razed in order to accommodate that ‘gift’ statue for the pig Stalin’s 70th birthday.

Bela was a real revolutionary fighting for the lives and liberty of his countrymen. He and his fellow protesters hadn’t been bussed in by some billionaire ex-Nazi who had it in for Khrushchev. No, he was a student in league with a few genuine priests hoping to restore food and some freedom to fellow Hungarians. The folks Bela ran with didn’t have video games or cyber-social media to help energize their fantasies. They were genuinely oppressed people who were starving in every sense and living under the thumb of Soviet Russia - a misery that the ‘brave’ insurgents now only know about through action movies, if they even make that connection.

By Dave Merrick - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Professional Sports Take a Knee and Take a Dive

Last week, I was getting my car tuned for a long road trip.

The car shop owner told his buddies how fed up he was with the politicking that has taken over the NFL. “I just want to watch the game. I don’t want to hear the politics. I want to see them play.”

Exactly, and that’s about as political as most Americans want to get.

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Full Story

Whatever happened to ...Omar Khadr?

Remember Omar Khadr? The little Terror Tyke. A proud member of Canada’s First Family of Terrorism, Khadr was in Afghanistan in 2002 working in the family business of jihad when he killed U.S. Army medic Christopher Speer and wounded Sgt Layne Morris, blinding him in one eye. The darling of the left ended up in Guantanamo Bay and pleaded guilty to terrorism charges before an American tribunal.

Khadr sued the Canadian government demanding he be repatriated back to Canada. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Khadr’s rights had been violated under the Charter because he was subjected to such things as sleep deprivation and Canadian officials who interviewed him in Guantanamo Bay were partly responsible for this breach. Although Canada’s top court found his Charter rights were breached, the justices refused to force the government to repatriate him. Although Khadr was entitled to a remedy the top court was silent on what that remedy should be. After this decision, the Harper government did arrange for the little terrorist to be brought back to Canada.

By Arthur Weinreb - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Full Story