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A simple way to address privacy concerns
I’m not surprised that civil-liberties groups have privacy concerns with the proposed risk-based system of passenger screening at airports (“ ‘Risk-based’ aviation security screenings gain ground amid worry over misuse,” March 12). Many companies today allow their customers to opt out (or opt in) to the sharing and use of their information for marketing or product awareness purposes. To alleviate privacy concerns, my suggestion is that passengers who care to opt in to sharing information in order to use the new streamlined, risk-based process should go through a separate line at airport security. Those who choose to opt out would have their privacy concerns respected but would go through the kind of process used today.
MARK LASSWELL, Eagan
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State fumbled by refusing filed returns
It should be, and probably is, illegal for the Minnesota Department of Revenue to refuse to process my TurboTax paper tax return (“TurboTax safe to use again, state says,” March 12). If I filed a return, made out with no assistance, the state would have to process it. There might be errors, but there should not be a categorical refusal to process it.
THOMAS HOFFMANN, Edina
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JUSTICE IS BLIND
Case of 85-year-old reveals broken system
Let me get this straight: A woman with Parkinson’s disease and dementia “accidentally” votes twice and is charged with a felony (“86-year-old St. Peter woman charged with voter fraud,” March 7). A boy “accidentally” shoots an arrow that kills another child and there are no charges filed (“No charges filed in Chaska case,” March 7.) Somebody please fix this system.
HEATHER HENDRIX, Baldwin, Wis.
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