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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Alarmist story

EDITOR: The Press Democrat had another nonsensical, alarmist climate change article, this one about Clear Lake (“Lakes warming up,” Aug. 19). It sounded significant and ominous until it noted that Clear Lake's temperature declined from 1970 to 1990 but by 2008 had rebounded to the 1970 level.

Clear Lake cooled for 20 years during a period Al Gore called unprecedented warming, and the lake warmed during the past 23 years, the last 16 of which haven't warmed.

Coincidentally, Gore was at Lake Tahoe last Monday and said it was getting clearer and never mentioned it warming. The warming rate reported in the article is 23 degrees per century; if that were truly the case, Big Al would have been all over it.

The Press Democrat article was typical of modern science journalism — useful idiots in service to alarmist agendas.

MICHAEL B. COMBS

Gualala

Windsor council listens

EDITOR: On Wednesday, Windsor's Town Council elected not to adopt a request by Councilwoman Debra Fudge to support reinstatement of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's federal assault-weapons ban (“Windsor backs away from gun control,” Friday). The resolution or amended versions have been adopted by other Sonoma County city councils.

Many favored the resolution, some were against it, and others felt the council shouldn't get involved in federal or constitutional matters.

The Windsor council members should be commended for their professionalism in considering the opinions of those of us in attendance and the many letters, calls and email they received concerning this matter.

A childish display of emotions was made by some of the Brady Campaign supporters as they left the meeting. Susan Moore remained calm and was able to quiet her people once outside. One member called the council members “chickens” for not passing the resolution. One said council members were avoiding the issue and didn't have the guts to make a stand. Another said the vote didn't matter anyway since several members of the Board of Supervisors support the resolution. The Brady people seemed confident the supervisors wouldl approve the resolution.

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