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August 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Chicken Little mentality prevails

It is an easy conclusion that government agencies never do any cost-benefit analysis. It doesn’t take much research to uncover a multitude of areas where there exists a much more likely exposure to real peril.

I am not saying don’t be vigilant, but I will say the Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency are way overbloated, according to actual-risk assessments.

If they can justify costing a trillion dollars, then we should be spending a quadrillion dollars on home hazard assessment to prevent falls. Bathtubs, arachnids, fires via frying turkeys and Christmas trees are more statistically significant than terrorist attacks, and those are just a few minor examples of the skewed “sky is falling, no liberty and still no safety” bubble we are trapped in.

I resent them spending all that time and effort to have us live in fear with their Chicken Little mentality while it is much riskier skateboarding, riding a scooter or going out for a walk. (Be wary of your toothpick.)

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