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Why we shouldn't see the Virginia shooting online -- or on The Times' front page

To the editor: Television critic Mary McNamara is way off in justifying those who watched the video of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward being killed. We don't need to watch these amazing people being gunned down to remind ourselves that our own reality is “not the totality of human experience.” ("If we watch the Virginia TV shooting is the suspected shooter 'winning'?," Aug.

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How to neutralize Donald Trump: Secure the border

To the editor: I am pleased to read that The Times editorial board agrees that we must secure our border. Most Americans would heartily endorse an immigration plan that first secures the border and then lays out a plan for people to work toward earning citizenship. ("The shameful campaign against birthright citizenship," editorial, Aug. 25)

I disagree with The Times' stance on “birthright” citizenship.

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The 'listening' done by researchers to those affected by autism

To the editor: Although it can be argued, as Steve Silberman does, that there is not enough funding “committed to serving the needs of autistic people and their families,” that doesn't mean such research doesn't happen. ("Autism Speaks needs to do a lot more listening," Op-Ed, Aug.

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Merl Reagle -- the puzzle master readers felt they knew

For these readers, the obituary Sunday of puzzle master Merl Reagle, who died after a sudden illness last Saturday, hit them personally. The article described Reagle as among the “best known and most beloved crafters of puzzles in the business,” and the nearly two dozen letters written in response (a high number for any obituary) are evidence of that.

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If 'Dreamers' want sympathy and support, they should be more thankful

To the editor: If so-called Dreamers — the children of immigrants brought to the United States illegally, often by their parents — want to succeed, they need to spurn organizer Kent Wong (who says he wants his trainees to transform this country) and hire a real public relations firm. Wong forgets that the arrogant attitude of demanding rights elicits contempt from legal residents.

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Are we the world's mass-shooting capital because of income inequality?

To the editor: While I applaud your coverage of University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford's research on mass shootings, scrutiny of such events risks overshadowing larger societal problems. Mass shootings pale in comparison with ordinary homicides. ("Why the U.S. is No. 1 -- in mass shootings," Aug.

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