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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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With the kinds of uncivil, immature and undiplomatic comments coming from our "leaders" who should know better, it is no wonder that America is losing more and more friends daily and gaining enemies by leaps and bounds ("John Boehner jabs Obama: Bush 'would have punched [Putin] in the nose,'" Web, Oct. 28).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: End of Christianity in Middle East?

While humanitarian help for the beleaguered Christian communities in the Middle East should be high on our list of immediate concerns, the recent history of the region indicates that in a few years most of the nations in it will be Christian-free ("Help desperately needed for Middle East Christians," Web, Oct. 27).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reject Warner's 'bipartisan' charade

"Mark Warner a reliable Obama foot soldier despite bipartisanship claims" (Web, Oct. 24) notes that Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, showed some independence during his Senate term by supporting gun rights, which happens to be one of the few areas in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tolerates deviations from the party line.