Your View: What can we make of Edward Snowden?

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 09:35 PM

Edward Snowden, is he the most world’s most famous spy, whistleblower and fugitive? Is he a hero or a traitor for sounding the alarm that may or may not open up the much-needed debate on the balance between privacy guaranteed by the Constitution and security in today’s America?
Snowden fled from Hawaii to Hong Kong carrying four laptop computers which allowed him to gain access to some of America’s highest classified secrets after working for Booz Allen Hamilton at the National Security Agency, the largest surveillance organization in the world, according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
President Obama’s take on Snowden is that “you can’t have 100 percent security and then also have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience.” He added that society has to make choices. Snowden challenged this statement prior to leaving for Moscow, quoting American Patriot Ben Franklin: “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
The New York Times reported that Soviet President Vladimir Putin will not extradite Snowden because “we can only send back some foreign nationals to countries with which we have the relevant international agreements on extradition. With the United States, we have no such agreement.” Why no agreements between the U.S. and Russia? That’s a much more interesting question than is Snowden a hero or villain.
So is Snowden a whistleblower or a traitor? That debate is still raging and the answers you will see on both sides of this issue are nothing more than the “talking points” issued by the White House staff and conservatives. I submit that he is neither, but rather this week’s “SQUIRREL!” diversion being taunted by the American presstitutes who aim to defend Obama’s Perpetual Vacation and to keep them from reporting that Hillary Clinton canNOT distance herself from the Benghazi scandal.
RANDALL M. HEDRICK
High Point

Westchester Manor care is outstanding
I am writing in reference to the front page article of the June 7,  Enterprise headlined “Nursing home cited by the state,” and the follow up article.
The news must have been very slow on that day.  I am almost sure that Westchester Manor at Providence Place is not the only facility cited by the state. I don’t recall any other articles on this subject referenced in the HPE recently. My mother has been a patient at Westchester Manor for  three years now.  This is the third nursing facility that she has resided in during the last five years.  I can say without a doubt it is the best. I have witnessed not only the special attention given to her but all the others in her unit.
I am in no way trying to bring more sorrow on the family that lost a loved one, but I do feel that the HPE should have waited until all reports are in from the investigation before Westchester Manor is given a black eye.  I, like Bob Davis (Your View, June 24), would like it to be know to the public that for several years now Westchester Manor has been found “deficient-free” by the state.
My family and I have been very pleased with the outstanding care given our loved one by Westchester Manor at Providence Place.
MYRA BROWN CLODFELTER
High Point


YOUR VIEW POLLS

High Point City Council has adopted a budget for next year that raises water, sewer and electric rates and assesses a monthly garbage fee. How do you feel about that? What could be done to avoid future increases? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com.  Here is one response:
• Disingenuous at best.  Large transfers from the electric fund every year.  Two-thirds bonds for favorite projects add to debt service.  Excuse of possible legislative changes is a shell game.