Sunday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Mixed messages</b>

EDITOR: On the front of Wednesday's Empire section, there was an interesting article, "County emissions fall for third year." It talked about the most important issue being transportation. Trying to get people out of their cars and into public transportation is always difficult. Then, on Page A1, there was a featured article called "Double hit for bus riders," which discussed fare increases and service cuts. It certainly looks like they are sending the wrong message here.


Point Arena

<b>Climate facts</b>

EDITOR: After reading John Jackson's letter ("No evidence," Friday), I went to the computer and checked his references. I started with the United Kingdom Meteorological Office website. I clicked on the climate link and read that "the Earth's climate has changed many times in response to natural causes. However, since the early 1900s, climate has changed rapidly due to persistent manmade changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use." This statement is followed by a video that links change directly to manmade causes.

I then went to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration website. "Record to near-record warmth over land from April to September and above-average global ocean temperatures resulted in the first ten months of 2012 ranking as the eighth warmest such period on record." And, "The globally averaged temperature for October 2012 was the fifth warmest October since record keeping began in 1880. October 2012 also ranks as the 36th consecutive October and 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average."

I appreciate Jackson making me aware of these web sites. It just goes to show you can't always believe what you read in the letters. I wonder where he did his research.



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