Late March snow wasn't Punxsutawney Phil's fault

Re: "Weather," March 25

Folks shouldn't blame Punxsutawney Phil for screwing up his weather prediction. Instead, blame his handlers who decided he hadn't seen his shadow (meaning an early spring) when he wouldn't come out of his burrow on the morning of Feb. 2.

The real reason Phil didn't come out of his burrow was because he realized that this year's March weather would be too screwy to coherently predict.

After all, even the National Weather Service threw up its hands because El Nino developed as a normal El Nino does, but collapsed early. Shouldn't it have been obvious to the weather gurus that would mean the first part of the winter would be clement and the second part severe, or that the weather would behave erratically in the latter part of the season?

How the groundhog in his burrow knows what El Nino is doing half a world away is one of those mysteries akin to how all the dogs started barking half an hour before the tsunami in the Indian Ocean struck.

Dino Drudi


Obama against raising debt ceiling before he was for it

Re: "Republicans only squeal when Democrats do it," From Readers, March 20

Jack Donner accused Republicans of being hypocrites because they were supportive when former President George W. Bush raised the debt ceiling, but he did not accuse President Obama of hypocrisy as well.Why not?

Obama was against raising the debt ceiling when Bush did it.Donner's logic seems to dictate that Obama was either hypocritically opposed back then or is hypocritically supportive now.

Hypocrisy -- by either Democrats or Republicans -- is not good for the country.Both parties have spent too much and this cannot go on forever.Both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner claim we do not have an immediate debt crisis, but would either of them be willing to pay their share of the debt right now?

If not, they should both be ashamed that they're only willing to have someone else pay for it later.

Doug Konn


Readers losing unique voice in Washington

Re: "Local news coverage will be sorely missed," From Readers, March 25

I can only echo the sentiments of your many readers when they saw the announcement of the curtailment of the six-times-a-week Examiner.

For the past several years, I have had the pleasure and privilege of reading a free newspaper that is unique in the Washington metro area. The writing was not only excellent, but superior to the other newspapers that charged for their publications.

As a subscriber to the Washington Post for over 50 years, now at an annual cost of $400, your newspaper was competitive not only in coverage of foreign affairs, but also in your op-ed pages, which gave a clear picture of the problems that face our nation.

It was a good run while it lasted, but the Examiner's departure will leave an unfilled gap both in news coverage and editorial opinion.

Thank you for your irreplaceable contribution to your readers.You will be sorely missed.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring