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Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Want privacy? Send a letter

Worried about Uncle Sam reading your email? Well, in communicating with others, send a letter. The Post Office doesn't read every letter (how in the world could they?). They only read specific letters identified in a court order based on probable cause.
Or, if you are really, really worried, use a courier service.
Also, don't buy an iPhone. They have an irremovable battery that keeps the phone perpetually "on." This feature lets your phone be tracked by all and sundry. Buy an Android; mine has an easily removable battery and when the battery has been removed, the phone is dead as a doornail -- just give the internal capacitor a minute or so to discharge.
Tom LaBelle
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Herald Editorial Board

Jon Bauer, Opinion Editor:

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Have your say

Feel strongly about something? Share it with the community by writing a letter to the editor. Send letters by e-mail to, by fax to 425-339-3458 or mail to The Herald - Letters, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We'll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 250 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it. If your letter is published, please wait 30 days before submitting another. Have a question about letters? Contact Carol MacPherson at or 425-339-3472.