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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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elections shatter the left's false confidence

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Prayer out, rainbow flag in at school

President Abraham Lincoln was not ashamed of the United States or God. In his Gettysburg address Lincoln said, " ... that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Unfortunately, this nation is no longer under God.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The price of liberty is vigilance

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Paul's critique of GOP won't win black votes

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, like many other Republicans, would like to encourage more blacks to support Republican candidates or officeholders at all levels. He faults the "Republican brand," implying that the black community would be much more supportive of Republican candidates if only they would interact more with that community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If you like Obama, vote for Warner

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