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The drought of the late 40s and early 50s was certainly more than 2 yrs.
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I don't think it's so much that they "talk out both sides of their mouths", it's more that there is disagreement between scientists. Plus, in articles like this one you only get little quotes and not the whole story. I think Bozick did a fair job of writing about a complex subject, but there is much more to learn than what is printed here.
Shame on you Raymond Smith for distorting the truth and making misleading statements. Your cause of trying to convert non-believers is just. I would defend any persons right to believe what they want and to exercise free speech. However, in an OpEd you have a responsibility to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth (as do the Advocate editors do to screen for truth, within reason). As has been pointed out you fall short of this requirement.
I suspect that in the end, your argument is not only directed at converting non-believers, but also at compelling society to require that your belief become part of our educational and governmental frameworks. While I will fight for our right to believe as we wish and utilize our right to free speech, I will fight equally ardently to defeat your desire to have all children subjected to these distortions in our public schools, or have our public monies (i.e. taxes) committed to uphold, advocate, or support belief in any faith.
Please, continue to believe as you want and use free speech to convert others to your beliefs. However, lets keep the discussion on an accurate, truthful and honest plane. To do otherwise calls into question the veracity of your statements and draws the reader away from the real issue.