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Mailbag: Rohrabacher: Letter misstated facts

April 19, 2012

I do not mind criticism, but not for an inaccurate portrayal of a statement or position I have taken on an issue as mentioned in the letter to the editor ("Rohrabacher's wife least of our worries, April 19).

As I stated in May last year, it was falsely reported that I suggested "clear-cutting the world's forests" to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. I have never, and would never, make such a suggestion or support such a policy.

Once again, those with a global agenda have created a straw man by misrepresenting the position of their critics. I do not believe that man-made carbon dioxide is a cause of global warming, nor have I ever advocated reducing it through the clearing of rain forests or cutting down older trees to prevent global warming.

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Unfortunately, that is how my question to a witness during my subcommittee hearing May 25 had been reported. While chairing the hearing, I simply asked the witness, Dr. Todd Stern, who is a supporter of a global climate treaty that would dramatically hurt the standard of living for millions of human beings, if he was considering a policy that would address naturally emitted carbon dioxide, which makes up more than 90% of emissions.

To suggest that I am advocating such a radical approach instead of simply questioning the policy, is a total misrepresentation of my position.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

Costa Mesa

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Woman is a friend to animals

On March 25, about 30 volunteers and staff from Huntington Beach's Orange County Humane Society — along with animal control officers from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa — gathered to pay tribute to Barbara Fischer, an extraordinarily dedicated volunteer. For more than a decade, Barb has given of her time, talents and pocketbook to improve the lives of the animals who depend on the OCHS shelter.

Since 2001, Barb has contributed in myriad ways. She walked, socialized and fostered dogs. She also transported them to be groomed and paid for needed surgeries. As an experienced volunteer, she ably trained and mentored dozens of new volunteers. In addition, Barb bought beds, blankets, sweaters, collars, leashes and special food for the animals to improve the quality of their kennel life. Her personal care even extended to regularly tucking dogs into their beds for a warm and cozy night.

On occasions such as this, we are reminded of the value of volunteerism. The OCHS depends heavily upon donations of time and other resources to meet the needs of homeless pets. We trust Barb's example may encourage involvement from more members of our local community.

Pat Bril

Huntington Beach

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