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Cellphone privacy? What’s there to hide?
It seems like every time I pick up the paper, I read how the justices have taken more rights away from law enforcement (“Justices shield phone privacy,” June 26). It’s no wonder people complain that police aren’t doing their jobs. How can they? Every time they turn around, they have fewer options. I don’t understand what the naysayers are complaining about. What are they afraid of? If the police want to come into my house and look around, more power to them. Look at my phone all they want; I have nothing to hide. Seems to me the ones that are protesting are the ones who have something they want to keep hidden.
David H. Colburn, Hayfield, Minn.
Armchair scientists are weak on the facts
A community education teacher with no training or professional experience in climate science has a commentary published in the Star Tribune (“Why not reconsider nuclear power?”, June 24). While the author, Rolf Westgard, clearly understands the climate concerns about carbon dioxide, many of his comments were misleading or false. For instance, he described carbon dioxide as a “trivial” part of the atmosphere, but he didn’t tell readers it is the most important human-emitted greenhouse gas. Nor did he tell readers that humans are responsible for a 40 percent increase in carbon dioxide.
He stated that our current warming is no greater than the late medieval period. This is demonstrably false. He also stated that carbon dioxide doesn’t cause asthma. We are not worried about carbon dioxide causing asthma; we are worried about it changing our climate.
While it is nice to see armchair scientists proposing solutions , they need to have their facts straight. My colleagues and I who study climate change every day of our lives cringe when simple facts are misunderstood. As Minnesota has reeled from drought to flood to drought to flood, as Texas and California suffer from tremendous droughts and heat waves that affect us all financially and socially, it is time to listen to real science, not armchair nonsense.
John Abraham, Minneapolis
The writer is a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas.
Or did you hear the one about Ole and Lena?
OK. So we were talking about the Norwegian ambassador appointment at work (“Norwegians angry over envoy pick,” June 26). We never talk about things like that at work, so that in itself is worth commenting on. One of my co-workers, who had just heard about the controversy, quipped: “So. He thinks a Fjord is a truck?” Life in Minnesota.
Sharon Allexsaht, Minneapolis
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