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Letter: Stories About Snoopers Are Snoozers

To the Editor:

Hendrik Hertzberg, a most talented writer and profound thinker who plies his trade with The New Yorker, suggests that the revelation of the National Security Agency’s “gigantic programs of cell-phone and Internet information-gathering” has the world “riveted.” Well, perhaps, but there must be other readers besides me who haven’t actually been all that riveted by the NSA’s snooping. “Exhausted” is the word that comes to mind.

I understand that reporters and editors traditionally lament the summer news doldrums, when record heat in the Plains states pretty much serves as the day’s big story, and so when a theme of Orwellian proportions presents itself, we are most assuredly going to hear about it.

And hear about it.

And hear about it.

Now I think I’ve heard enough about it.

I have to admit not being consumed — riveted –– by whether Edward Snowden is a heroic figure or a scoundrel for blowing the whistle on the NSA begets pangs of conscience; as a concerned citizen, such an issue should be of vital concern. But I for one will be glad when this major story runs its course and we can go back to reading about record temperatures in Kansas.

Tom Brody

Lebanon

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