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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Washington in short</b>

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

JOE BOYLE

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?

KENT PRICER

Healdsburg

<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."


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