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Regarding Charles Krauthammer's July 6 column "Obama Will Risk the Economy for No Impact on Climate Change": In reading Mr. Krauthammer it is wise to remember President Kennedy's warning about fear-mongers, "Where there's smoke there is usually a smoke-making machine."

Consider the opening lines of this column taking President Barack Obama to task for addressing climate change: "The economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him, even as a '29-year-old hacker' revealed his nation's spy secrets to the world." This is typical Krauthammer uttering insinuations and half-truths about a straw man.

Only the day before the column appeared the economy was found to be continuing to improve rather than stagnate. Yes, Syria burns, but whose fault is that and what exactly would the American public like to do about it? Rather than "scandals lapping at his feet," it is more apt to describe rabid dogs yapping at the president's heels with the Darrell Issa dog recently caught biting its own tail.

As to the hacker, even Mr. Krauthammer's conservative cohorts cannot decide whether Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. And if Russia and China have reason to mock us because of Mr. Snowden's revelations, it is because we have been exposed doing the very things a Republican Congress authorized a Republican presidency to do when fear overrode sense after 9/11.

And global warming? "Global temperatures have been flat for 16 years," Mr. Krauthammer temporizes. Yes, at record levels. Let the reader beware.

DAVID SIMPSON
Beaver Falls


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