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June 13, 2013

THEIR VIEW: Opinions from other newspapers for June 13

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The government has collected an immense amount of information, and the temptation to broaden its use might become too great. Why not, someone might ask, use it to detect crimes such as money laundering and financial fraud? Why not use it to track individuals holding suspect political views? That has happened before in our history.

What we find troubling are the attitudes of many Americans, among them some of our top leaders, who seem too easily to have accepted mass government spying on citizens.

Indeed, for the moment, the response of the White House, congressional leaders and NSA spooks is: “Trust us.” That’s scary, but for the moment, we have no choice. We should not forget Jefferson’s admonition: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

 Evansville Courier & Press, June 11, 2013.

 

 

State’s fatalities mean fire caution

The reminder to check the batteries on all of the smoke detectors in the house usually comes when we reset our clocks at the beginning and end of daylight saving time. It’s probably wise to add “right now” to that list, just to make sure.

The Indiana fire marshal reports that deaths due to fires in the state are at 54 so far this year. That’s more than the death toll — 46 — from fires for all of 2012.

The scariest part is that there seems to be no apparent rhyme or reason, other than a mix of carelessness and faulty wiring.

Swift action counts when fires strike. A smoke detector can up the odds of alerting your family when a fire starts. Test those batteries today to make sure the detectors are in working order.

Have a fire escape plan for the house and make sure everyone knows what to do and where to meet if they need to make a quick escape.

Being prepared for structure fires is serious business. The numbers this year bear that out.

For more tips, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire .

Journal & Courier, Lafayette, June 11, 2013.

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