Readers Write (April 28): Surveillance, alcohol tax, youth, Washburn High, Michele Bachmann, gun laws

  • Updated: April 27, 2013 - 5:10 PM

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More government intrusion not welcome

Cameras in and around private business don’t concern most citizens, but cameras everywhere in public space are a concern (“Cameras everywhere, and maybe not such a bad thing,” April 21).

Let us not forget that the Boston bombing suspects were seen mostly on private security cameras and images given to the FBI by the public via portable video cameras and cellphones. The public got involved for its own safety.

The research offered in the commentary doesn’t justify widespread government use of surveillance. In fact, many of us wonder why the government can monitor every move of the citizenry while those same citizens cannot receive a video feed of U.S. Supreme Court proceedings.


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What if the outrage and demand for justice after a terrorist attack were expressed every time a company’s negligence and dishonesty caused similar mayhem and loss of life?


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Driving statistics affirm need for tax boost

The front-page story on the proposed alcohol tax presented an astounding statistic: “In a state where one in every seven drivers has a DWI on his or her records, the Minnesota Health Department has estimated that alcohol costs the state economy about $5 billion annually in lost productivity, health care and criminal justice costs. That’s about $975 for every Minnesotan” (“Plan to hike alcohol tax sirs spirited standoff,” April 21).

What’s going on here? Were any of these DWI drivers involved in a death or a person being disabled? How and to what extent were they punished? How many are still licensed? How many of these drivers got off easy? Does the state have a record of these drivers? You say, “Tax alcohol?” I say “You’re darn right.”

JACK MERTES SR., Minneapolis

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