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Continued: Readers Write: (Aug. 26): Enbridge, oil, Syria, Jeff Bezos, police, guns

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The time for more talk and continued veiled threats is over. Time to green light the Navy SEALs. Time to take Assad out.

NEIL F. ANDERSON, Richfield

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MEDIA

Don’t trust Bezos or Washington Post

I am not a fan of Jeff Bezos or Amazon. But methinks it is worth paying attention to three news stories in the last couple weeks.

First, Bezos bought the Washington Post. Second, Amazon Web Services scored a $600 million contract to provide cloud services for the CIA. Third, Amazon is now attempting to create a wireless network that would seriously challenge the current providers.

The congruence of these three specific entities is unsettling.

Apparently money can buy anything. Imagine a world where everything you do on your phone or online is available to the CIA, and access to that information is never reported on or questioned by the Washington Post.

Far-fetched? No, not at all.

Oh, wait. Maybe that’s already how it is. In which case, please excuse my concern.

BONNIE HAYSKAR, St. Paul

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LAW ENFORCEMENT

Do trust the work of police officers

Law enforcement careers are not for the meek. Regardless of the emotional makeup of a police officer, he or she must adapt to the mostly negative interaction with the public. Most daily activities and confrontations are resented, rebuked and criticized. Most incidents must be clearly documented for protection from potential litigation. The officer must perform daily tasks with the utmost caution, lest he or she be injured or killed by a criminal suspect.

One must admire the bravery and dedication possessed by these individuals. Yet, public opinion and the media appear to have little or no appreciation for their contribution to society. Police officers are expected to perform their jobs without emotion or reaction. Would it not be reasonable to expect that any person has the right to a breaking point? We seem more concerned about police conduct that criminal conduct.

Don Eisenschenk, Minnetonka

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