<b>Washington in short</b>

EDITOR: Now we learn the true meaning of CIA: Caught in the Act.


Rohnert Park

<b>More on climate</b>

EDITOR: In looking over Steve Graves' letter ("No repudiation," Monday), I realized there was a problem. The year 1997 from which his warming calculation started was an unusually strong El Ni? year and thus also unusually warm. The U.K. Met Office blog response from Oct. 14, 2012 to the David Rose article in the Mail on Sunday continued to say, "but, equally we could calculate the trend from 1999, during the subsequent La Ni?, and show a more substantial warming. As we've stressed before, choosing a starting or end point on short-term scales can be very misleading." I wonder why Graves left that part out?



<b>Domestic violence</b>

EDITOR: In her Oct. 14 op-ed ("Let's end domestic violence"), Madeleine Keegan O'Connell, director of the Sonoma County YWCA, claimed that domestic violence "is the leading cause of injury to local women." But according to University of Pennsylvania domestic violence researcher Richard Gelles, "as good a sound bite as it is, the statement is simply not true."

Sure enough, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the leading cause of injury for women is falls, followed by motor vehicle accidents and overexertion. In fact, domestic violence doesn't even appear on the list of leading causes of injury for women.

The actual research behind this factoid is based on a survey of one emergency room. The fact, as reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, is that domestic violence is responsible for about 1 percent of women's injury-related visits to emergency rooms. By comparison, the Centers for Disease Control shows that more than twice as many women visit emergency rooms due to being injured by an animal than by a male partner.

Unfortunately, misinformation spread by advocates exaggerating violence against women leads to hysteria, not to mention misandry.



<b>Needy kids</b>

EDITOR: I am the Sonoma County coordinator for the Toys for Tots program. With the economy the way it is, requests are up and supply is down. We have collection sites in more than 160 businesses all over the county. The number of toys being dropped off has diminished this year.

There are several ways you can help us gather toys for the more than 7,000 children we need to provide for this year. Go to toysfortots.org, select California, then Sonoma. This will direct you to the local website. You can make an online donation, which will be directed to our area for use in obtaining toys, or you can mail a donation to my address, which will be deposited in our account. You also can select the toy donation location menu and see the many local businesses that are assisting us. Or you can go on the local events page and see where we are doing toy drives, sometimes with Marines in dress blues. Many have already occurred but we still have a few upcoming.

Please help us help the needy children of our county. The cut-off is Dec. 14, so earlier is better.


Rohnert Park

<b>Give local</b>

EDITOR: I was so pleased to have read the supportive article about Compassion Without Borders, the organization founded by veterinarian Christi Camblor and her husband, Moncho ("Dogs' best friends," Sunday). Their efforts on behalf of the forgotten animals within and outside our local and international boundaries are a credit to our community and speak to the wonderful local resources that we have in the Camblors.

Since I am writing this on "Giving Tuesday," I would remind our community that it's the local organizations such as Compassion Without Borders and the Sonoma Humane Society that do most of the animal rescue and shelter work, and it's those same organizations that need our support and donations much more than the national ones. Remember: Give local.


Santa Rosa