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Published October 29, 2013 11:31 am

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From Eugene Robinson to Eugene, Oregon, people are worried about the National Security Agency's overreach.

The NSA is out of control — Eugene Robinson | The Washington Post, via sltrib.com

Let's get this straight: The National Security Agency snooped on the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Perhaps for as long as a decade? And President Obama didn't know a thing about it?

Either somebody's lying or Obama needs to acknowledge that the NSA, in its quest for omniscience beyond anything Orwell could have imagined, is simply out of control. ...

Who's watching the NSA? — Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard Editorial

The National Security Agency spends $10 billion or so a year — the precise amount is secret — to guard against terrorism and other threats. But as Juvenal asked, "Who will guard the guards themselves?" Continuing revelations about the NSA's operations make it appear that the agency is beyond the meaningful control of Congress or the White House. ...

NSA gambled too much by spying on U.S. allies — Kansas City Star Editorial

Classified arrogance revealed in spying on U.S. allies — Seattle Times Editorial

America's 'Spies R Us' program needs accountability — Arizona Republic Editorial

Obama must reform NSA, quell allies' outrage — Billings Gazette Editorial

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Other editorial writers are pondering different kinds of drugs. An illegal kind that, maybe, shouldn't be, and a legal one that, apparently, needs more control.

More control over pain pills — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

We strongly support the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to label hydrocodone combination pills, or opioids, as Schedule II drugs, which will tighten control over these dangerous drugs and make it more difficult for individuals to abuse the pain pills. ...

Missouri Republicans should seize pot legalization movement — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

Marijuana legalization effort needs Legislature's input — Oregonian Editorial