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February 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Drones: Get out of the way of aerial innovation

Christopher Vo pilots his aircraft as local drone enthusiasts gather for the Maryland Fly In last month in Laytonsville, Md.. Illustrates DRONES-PERSONAL (category a), by Michael S. Rosenwald (c) 2013, The Washington Post. Moved Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary)

Christopher Vo pilots his aircraft as local drone enthusiasts gather for the Maryland Fly In in Laytonsville, Md. (Washington Post photo by Bill O’Leary)

Misguided legislators who would write onerous legislation restricting the use of drones in Washington should take care that they do not slam the door on a million-dollar industry that could create thousands of jobs [“Lawmakers may restrict drone aircraft for privacy’s sake,” Local News, Feb. 24].

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are here to stay and troglodytes may as well attempt to outlaw all flying machines and horseless carriages.

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December 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Amazon drones: is technology going too far?

Advancing technology could make a large impact on our lives

This image shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Dec. 1 there's no reason Drones can't help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

This image shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Dec. 1 there’s no reason Drones can’t help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)

I like the idea of Amazon.com delivering their products with drones [“Amazon delivers some pie in the sky with drones plan,” Business Dec. 3].

It is a unique idea that allows me to order something on Amazon and see it delivered as soon as 30 minutes later. However, I can also see many things that could go wrong with this idea.

I don’t know if I should trust drones to deliver my products because drones couldn’t operate under all weather conditions. The packages could be a target for thieves who could watch where the drones flew. If drones are being used to deliver products, the sky would be filled with drones.

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0 Comments | More in technology | Topics: amazon, Drones, technology

September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Change begins at home “This is not a world we should accept,” exclaims President Obama from the front-page headline. [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one, Sept. 11.] Yes, we should not accept chemical warfare. By the same token, we also should not accept diplomacy through destruction and death. We should not accept blasting…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bombs, chemical weapons, Drones

August 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Drone strikes in Yemen

Violating due process Our drones are killing people now in the impoverished country of Yemen. [“News of Note: Embassies evacuate, insurgents killed,” News, Aug. 11.] No arrests, no trials, no witnesses, just summary executions of people that someone has said are members of al-Qaida. This is such a flagrant violation of due process and the foundation of…

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0 Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Drones, due process, legal

May 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

President Obama restricts drone use

Restrict guns, too Conservatives are upset with President Obama’s attempt to wind down the so-called war on terror [“President sets restrictions on drone policy,” News, May 24]. They feel that no effort should be spared in keeping our country safe from terrorist attacks, even while acknowledging that nothing we can do will guarantee that it won’t…

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0 Comments | Topics: drone warfare, Drones, national security

May 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

The drone debate

End drone use Eric Holdeman’s guest column on drones protecting the public begins with the same old argument: “We live in a dangerous world,” and because we have experienced another “terror attack,” and there are others who wish to do us harm, we need to implement further police-state restrictions. This post 9/11 political construct is flawed…

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0 Comments | Topics: Drones, national security

March 23, 2013 at 6:11 AM

U.N. calls U.S. drones in Pakistan a violation

Use of drones is morally wrong One lesson Christians learn early in Sunday school is that killing is wrong. As U.S. citizens, we learned early that murder is wrong and punishable, perhaps especially if the victims are innocent bystanders. Further, we learned that people are innocent until proved guilty. There has been a lot of news lately…

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0 Comments | More in Middle East, military | Topics: Drones, Pakistan, U.N.

February 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Drone weapons lack precision

Shrapnel is dangerous Bill Distler is 100 percent correct in his description of the effects of shrapnel, “precision” and “effectiveness” of drones by our nation to fight “terrorists” [“Drone attacks are not precise,” Opinion, Feb. 25]. As a Vietnam veteran of the 4th Infantry Division myself, during 1967-68, I saw the effects of shrapnel. Although, I…

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0 Comments | More in Afghanistan, military | Topics: drone warfare, Drones