Readers Write: Sept. 29

Letter-writer’s climate data misleading

The letter writer’s (NASA’s data is not the whole picture,” Readers Write, Sept. 20) attempt to deny man-made global warming — in part based on the theory that urban heat islands have distorted the surface temperature data — is misleading.

Some of the largest increases in surface temperatures over the last two decades have occurred in the Arctic, Siberia and the Amazon, where there is no urbanization and consequently no heat island effect. Also, 1998 had an abnormally high El Nino event, causing a large spike in global temperature, so comparing subsequent years to it and not looking at the long-term trend is questionable science. Further, satellite data is not inherently more accurate than surface-based measurement. Satellites drift, their orbits decay, and they do not measure actual temperature, as do surface-based stations.

KEN TIMKO, MARIETTA

Hillary presidency a frightening possibility

I am hoping, praying, that Hillary will be shunted off center-stage, into the trash heap of history along with her reprobate co-conspirator and sometime husband.

If she wins the White House and the Democrats and Chuck Schumer assume control of the Senate, this nation will not recover. On the other hand, if she loses the election, how will she fulfill her obligations to all those foreign contributors who have paid for and who are expecting “access”?

Has she made powerful connections who expect recompense from her? While she is in the White House, will someone foreign, someone far more powerful, someone infinitely more ruthless, “make her an offer she can’t refuse?”

GEORGE A. MITCHELL, BLAIRSVILLE

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