April 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Boston bomber an inhuman coward

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This FBI photo shows the twisted remains of a pressure cooker said to have contained one of the explosive devices set off in Boston.

The Associated Press

If Attorney General Janet Mills has her way, this will be the case.  

The attorney general is opposing the Drone Privacy Bill L.D. 236, which would require the police to get a probable cause warrant before using drones to collect information about people in most cases.

Instead, Mills believes law enforcement can oversee itself without judicial review, thereby ignoring the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

A reported 30,000 drones will be in use in the United States in coming years.

Seeing our civil liberties being removed, citizens are responding nationally with demands for the requirement of legal justification before spying on people with drones.

Three state representatives from the Portland area serve on the judiciary committee, where L.D. 236 is being considered.  

They are Sen. Linda Valentino (Saco), Rep. Kimberly Monaghan-Derrig (Cape Elizabeth) and Rep. Matthew Moonen (Portland).

Please let them know you expect them to uphold the Constitution and protect our privacy rights by supporting L.D. 236.  

It is not asking too much to require police to get a warrant before snooping on you or your property.

Paul Cunningham

South Portland

Want more guns around? Buy a lot of books first

OK, if everyone should have a gun or two, with ammunition, in his or her home ("Bill Nemitz: A gun in every home? Proposal 'makes point,' " March 10), I want to submit a bill that would require every home to have at least 40 books. (I'll settle for 30.)

For those who insist on having guns and urging us all to get one or more, let them get books first and then the guns.

In so many ways, books are much more powerful than guns: Read history for proof. First come ideas that change minds and create war or peace. A book never killed anyone -- guns do.

Mel Howards



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