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Safety is a state of mind. Personally I don't feel any more or less safe based on where I live. I trust law enforcement and intelligence agencies to do their jobs for national security without my knowledge.

That said, I think the way we acquire news and information has changed. The idea that we as citizens are somehow entitled to all the knowledge of our national security seems to make people more fearful.

The constant social media and news cycles that contain every incident of violence from coast to coast can certainly make us neurotic.

Seriously, do I really need to know about someone being attacked in New York or California, much less in another country, unless it pertains to my location and safety specifically? Sometimes the media need to step away from "if it bleeds it leads" and show us what a great day we all had being human!

Bruce Kamstra, Lansing

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.