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Cherry-picking temperature data?

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now states that 2014 was the hottest year on record. They proclaimed this back on January 16. NOAA actually lists three sets of global temperature data, one based on a network of surface thermometers and two based on satellite readings. The two satellite data sets show 2014 as being third and sixth. Moreover, the thermometers ranked 2014 only 0.04 degrees Celsius ahead of the previous hottest year on record, which is (barely) within their nominal margin of measurement error of 0.05 degrees Celsius.

Call ‘BDS’ groups what they are

The Israel-delegitimization efforts by groups such as the boycott-oriented BDS organization represent not only anti-Israel but anti-Semitic actions (“Using boycotts to delegitimize Israel,” Web, Jan. 22). Evidently these same groups hope to soften up Israel and turn world opinion against that democratic nation, allowing Iran with its nuclear and long-range missile program to dispose of Israel and its six million Jews.

Fight Boko Haram with mutual interests

About the same time as the Paris massacre at Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram was murdering hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocents in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria. Jihadists in Nigeria have brutally targeted innocents throughout the region. But make no mistake; the root cause has little to do with religion. We must confront the material realities of the discontent. This is a war that will never end, and consequently we cannot win if we do not grasp the underlying causes. Ideas, no matter how perverse, do not come with consume-by dates.

Make ‘drug-free’ more than slogan

The Berlin Wall divided the city of Berlin into east and west. As such it restricted progress of the city. Like the Berlin Wall, a wall of denial about employee drug use exists in local school systems. Also like the Berlin Wall, drug use restricts progress. However, unlike the Berlin Wall which was constructed of stone, the wall in the local school systems is constructed of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.

Stop U.S. self-disarmament

Common estimates of the number of privately owned guns in the United States are between 300 million and 310 million. No one really knows the exact number, and these figures include both legally and illegally owned firearms.

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Recently, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, which thoroughly investigated the Iranian nuclear development program, concluded that Iran is in fact developing nuclear weapons. The evidence, including satellite images, overwhelmingly points to the manufacture of nuclear weapons in the short term, probably on the order of a number of months to a year. U.S. intelligence information corroborates this assessment.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't forget other fumbled virus

While the nation focuses on Ebola and the Islamic State, little attention is paid to Enterovirus EV-D68, which may have been responsible for seven deaths to date. Our children are the primary victims of this deadly and debilitating disease, which affects the respiratory system, especially in those children with asthmatic conditions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP needs better funding to win

While President Obama does not actually do his job as president, at least he, along with the Clintons, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others, does diligently raise campaign funds for Democratic candidates. For Mr. Obama to cash a paycheck is tantamount to stealing, yet Democratic leaders focus strongly on retaining control of the nation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bush exonerated, media silent

I must be living in an episode of "The Twilight Zone." On Oct. 15 the New York Times — the outlet to which all other publications seem to look for their leftist directives — put forth a front-page bombshell: More than 5,000 chemical weapons were indeed found in Iraq. This is the 'worse than Watergate' story of the last decade, yet ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN aren't even mentioning it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Infatuated with nothing

At a recent fundraiser for President Obama, actress Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the president by blurting out, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly." Coincidentally Mr. Obama has the same problem whenever he sees his own reflection in a teleprompter.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Intruder's success shows patrol ineffectiveness

The White House is usually the halfway point on one of my bike routes from Virginia, so I know how the security is laid out on Pennsylvania Avenue directly in front of the president's residence. There are always a minimum of three foot patrolmen a few feet from the sidewalk. Tourists take up the sidewalk and usually there are a few demonstrators.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Turkey's Erdogan using Stalin's playbook

Not wanting to incur the wrath of the world by re-enacting their massacre of the Armenians, Turkey appears intent on solving its "Kurdish separatist problem" by taking a page out of Josef Stalin's playbook and simply standing by while the Islamic State brigands slaughter the country's independence-seeking Kurds.