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<b>Deep freeze</b>

EDITOR: I'm kind of wondering if maybe one of these hippie, environmentalist, progressive, self-appointed climate change experts would contact me and let me know when exactly global warming is supposed to start because I'm getting weary of freezing to death day after day after day.

DAVID ANDERSON

Ukiah

<b>Fed secrecy</b>

EDITOR: The real challenge to the Federal Reserve is not in Janet Yellen's duties as chairwoman but rather in increasing the transparency of this secretive institution ("Yellen is right fit for next Fed challenge," Editorial, Wednesday).

An article on her confirmation mentioned her opposition to legislation seeking an audit of the private bank, which holds much of the global economy hostage through endless money printing.

Should we not be troubled by the fact that the post Yellen occupies is unelected? What does this say about the Fed's undemocratic nature? Given that the economy is arguably worse off than before the implosion in 2008, challenges to the Fed's independence are exactly what is necessary to make the central bank more accountable to Congress and the people.

While a low profile is what the Fed hopes to maintain while it continues to commit acts of financial terrorism, enacting the opposite of economic growth, the shroud has been lifted, and it is obvious that central banking policies are the primary cause of economic collapse. Ben Bernanke and Yellen are merely co-conspirators making Bernie Madoff look small time.

MIGUEL MOLINA

Graton

<b>A safe haven</b>

EDITOR: I've been a resident of Bennett Valley for two decades. Its qualities include comfortable living, beautiful open space, good schools and caring residents.

I feel fortunate to live in such a community considering that there are many factors that dictate a person's predicament. I believe that luck contributes in some way. There are young people who have been down on their luck for most of their lives.

I hope that the opposition to Social Advocates for Youth occupying the Warrack facility is but a small group of misinformed citizens. I hope that my perception of the Bennett Valley community has been true -#8212; that we are caring people who would welcome the opportunity to provide assistance to disadvantaged youth.

I would like the NIMBYs who resist change and fear intrusions in their backyards to help me understand how they feel safer seeing youth on the street than in a safe haven in a safe neighborhood. Considering that an opportunity such as this is rare, how can any of us face our own children or sleep peacefully at night knowing that our community denied a safe haven for young people who are down on their luck and, because of misinformed decisions, just can't get a break?

G.G. SEYMOUR

Santa Rosa

<b>Seeing is disbelieving</b>

EDITOR: So this is what climate change looks like?

CLAUDIA MAYFIELD

Santa Rosa

<b>Building our nation</b>

EDITOR: I think there is no doubt that many people in the world would have better lives if their society were administered by the U.S. government. Of course, the people I am talking about might not agree. But even if they did, our country would have to make an open-ended commitment of money and blood to win the right to solve their problems. And solving them would certainly not be cheap, maybe not possible. After all, we have imperfect control of our own problems.

It is true that if we fail to rescue, for example, the peoples of Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea, China and India, our prestige might not be as great as we have been thinking.

That would certainly be humiliating. But maybe we are choosing the wrong thing to be humiliated about. The level of education of our own population has declined steadily during my lifetime of 73 years. Many of our citizens live in conditions of crushing poverty, and their social mobility is decreasing. We act as though we cannot afford to solve these problems, although some of us have money to burn.

We might be overestimating ourselves. What one can afford is a matter of priorities.

STEPHEN HAWKES

Healdsburg