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For what it's worth, being a captain of the school safety patrol was a big deal at my school, too, and I was very sad when I didn't get it (Matt Labash, Resume Imitates Life). I can see why someone might mention it in a political biography like Hillary's. On the other hand, her attempt to make us believe that she didn't think Bill was lying is just silly.

--Mike Bergsma


It so typical of university professors, so concerned with political correctness, to act in this manner (David Tell, Professors for Sami). They are guilty of double moral bookkeeping. They don't seem to understand that men like Professor Sami are not concerned with either political or academic freedom: They hate diversity and pluralism. The AAUP just are merely useful idiots. In Professor Sami's world, these people who defend him would be shot, tortured, and jailed.

--Paul Schlank


The Religious Right will stop tolerating government funding as soon as the Wahhabis get their share (Erin Montgomery, PBS Finds Faith).

--Matt Young


The difference between faith-based and government-sponsored programs is people getting involved in the lives of other people. Government-sponsored involvement is bureaucratic in nature: Cold and rigid. Warm blooded relationships occur when individuals live out the affirmation of values that come from faith.

--James Bilezikian


So Terry Eastland thinks Pryor has a snowball's chance in Hell (Pryor Restraint)? The last thing we need in the judiciary is more up-front honesty by the judge-to-be in confirmation hearings. On the one hand, we do not need another Earl Warren appointment disappointment; on the other hand a Souter appointee in a Democrat controlled Senate, could attack mother and apple pie and get smoothly confirmed. What a mess!

--Jack Lachance


Fred Barnes misses an essential point (Bush's Next Move). The Palestinians do not drive the Israel-Palestinian situation and they never have. They are pawns of the Arab countries. It has been thus since the U.N. partition was announced in 1947.

There were about 100 million refugees or "displaced persons" in the world between 1945 and 1950, the greatest number being Hindus and Muslims uprooted by the partition of British India, and the next most numerous being Germans forced to leave pre-war German territory taken by the USSR and Poland after WW2, but there were many other groups, smaller in number, but with pretty much the same story--they were displaced by the post-war territorial settlements.

The only such groups not taken in by their co-nationalists or co-religionists were the Jews from Europe who did not have a country to which to flee until 1948, and the Palestinian Arabs.

The Arab countries made a conscious, strategic policy of not accepting their "brothers" from Palestine, but to keep them in refugee camps as a weapon to use against Israel. With the help of the United Nations three generations have grown up in the camps, and are to all appearances one of the most hate-filled and manipulated groups of people in the world. Manipulated by their Arab "benefactors."

--Martin Johnson


President Bush should use our intel resources to identify Hamas leaders, covertly monitor their movements. He could then provide that intel to the Palestinian PM and ask for an arrest within hours. If not then send the Hamas member a message of his own.

--Roger Swafford


Never mind Abbas, just look at the Palestinian people. Hamas lives among them and uses them as both cloak and shield. If the Palestinian people--who are often portrayed as moderates trapped between terrorists and bad leaders--truly wanted peace and accepted Israel, there would be no place for Hamas to hide.

If the Palestinians accepted Israel and the Jews, the settlements would not be an issue. They would become part of the Palestinian state and the Israelis could stay or move to Israel. But the Palestinians will not tolerate Jews in the Middle East.

Evidence of this intolerance is also evident in the annual Palestinian day of mourning called "The Tragedy" in English. What event is recalled by The Tragedy? The founding of the state of Israel.

--Aaron H. Frank


I would like to point out to Irwin M. Stelzer that there may be another de facto "tax cut" coming to stimulate the economy (Crude Questions). On April 2, 2003 the baby bells, and then soon after, all the other local carriers, instituted a program that offers the residential user of long distance service zero cost at the margin. I now pay $25 a month for unlimited long distance use 24/7 in the continental United States. This service effected a 90 percent reduction in my long distance charges. Could this be the stealth tax cut, the straw that breaks the economic inertia's back?

--James Bilezikian


Fred Barnes needs to realize that Bush should start acting like the CEO president again.

(1) Declare that peace is available.

(2) Segment the market and offer peace first to those who wanted it--even if it means that peace is only available on a house-by-house, or block-by-block basis to start.

(3) Grow the market not by demanding that everyone use the product but by demonstrating the benefits of ownership to others.

(4) Build on success with strong product support--prevent hostilities in the state of peace. Abbas can start here by policing and preventing any terrorist activity or support within areas of declared peace even if he has to start with his own house.

(5) Establish a 24-hour help desk for Abbas to call when he needs assistance in solving problems.

--Terry Fadem

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