jubilado 1 week, 1 day ago on Letter - You have to work to achieve peace

Nam Vet-- Don't repeat everything that comes to you from the right-of-center press without looking into it. Concerning your statement " Iran will formulate and perform there own plant inspections," take a look at http://www.vox.com/2015/8/20/9182185/ap-iran-inspections-parchin. You will find the AP retracted virtually all of the material that set off the firestorm. You will find it was about one site and that was misrepresented. It simply is not true that the negotiated settlement signed by the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Russia and China will allow the Iranians to self inspect all nuclear sites.

I apologized once in this forum when I felt it necessary to do so. I think you should apologize to Annie Capestany for your wildly uncalled for remarks.

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jubilado 1 week, 2 days ago on Letter - You have to work to achieve peace

Namvet: Your letter begins “Peace in your mind Annie is to watch videos of ISIS decapitating or blowing up infidels to fulfill the Islamic caliphate.” It's just another example of mean-spirited, shoot-from-the-hip troll babble. You know (I'm giving you credit here) that Annie doen't cheer ISIS beheadings. Why say it then? Who is going to take you seriously about anything if you continue to say things like this?

Personally I think that if there is any chance of a measly (in US budget terms) couple of hundred million dollars stand any chance of preventing the death , destruction, and enormous cost of future conflicts, I'm all for these expenditures.

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jubilado 1 month, 1 week ago on Drought forces early use of wells

Namvet- Because the City of Walla Walla recharges our aquifer, our wells haven't been dropping. Last I knew the College Place well had dropped 300 feet. Give a big thank you to Charles "Pat" Jungman" who was a central person to Walla Walla having an aquifer recharge program.

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jubilado 2 months ago on Letter - Time to have equal rights for everyone

The writer says: I believe this downword (sic) spiral of hate and violence started with the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and continues at full speed today." What????

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jubilado 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Obama efforts to censor Fox are wrong

What real risk? Your comments are usually more rational. The "Drama Queen " comment is to the point.

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jubilado 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Obama efforts to censor Fox are wrong

Namvet--I sometimes disagree with the President's policies, starting with letting the Wall Street crooks stay out of jail, and I'm a Democrat. Ms. Bardsley's approach seems way past simple disagreement. I was surprised that accusing the other side of hate is just a lefty thing. I will try to to remember that conservatives are all "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" and "I do not agree with a word you say but I will defend to my death your right to say it."

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jubilado 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Obama efforts to censor Fox are wrong

None of those making comments here agree with Bardsley that President Obama has attempted to censor Fox News. No facts are presented to back this claim by Bardsley.

Bardsley ends her letter: "... all Americans must ask themselves why Barack Obama, who supposedly believes in transparency, would want to censor anyone. Is this the mark of a trustworthy president, or is it the mark of a dictator?"

Locally an excellent litmus test for free speech is the fact that the UB continues to print Roberta Bardsley's letters. She rarely rises to the level of presenting facts,. Her letters are almost wholly opinion. It is obvious that she really hates Barack Obama. We get that. Sadly, I'm sure we will hear it again.

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jubilado 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Forecasters: Record heat wave to hit Pacific Northwest

Rider, I also saw the forecasting maps months ago on the weather channel predicting an el niño condition and warmer weather for our region. Yes, this heat wave is an anomaly almost certainly caused by el niño. That, however, wasn't the point of my comment. The point was that those who deny the reality of anthropogenic climate change use the supposed hiatus in which temperatures were said not to have increased at all in the first 15 years of this century as one of the main arguments in their attempts to debunk man-caused climate change. I'm sure that deniers will have no trouble falling back on the "CO2 is good for crops" argument or "the amount of CO2 contributed by man" argument could not cause climate change" argument.
We will see how the "no hiatus" argument holds up over time.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/05/climate-deniers-lose-another-argument-global-warming-pause-proved-false

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jubilado 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Forecasters: Record heat wave to hit Pacific Northwest

The strongest argument climate change deniers have had in their denying quivers is the HIATUS. NOAA researchers took another look at temperature measurements and came to the conclusion that there has been no hiatus--none, zip, zilch. If their research is corroborated then, sadly, there will be all the more reason to expect high 90's and 100 degrees even earlier in the year in the future. Someone please alert Steve S. to this so that he can marshal his arguments against this new finding.

NYT---Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Challenged by NOAA Research

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/science/noaa-research-presents-evidence-against-a-global-warming-hiatus.html?_r=0

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