Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 27, 2013

Privacy, politics, polls, more

— A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:

On a story about residents of a New York luxury apartment building being angry over an exhibition of photos secretly snapped through their apartment windows:

• Close the drapes! If it is visible from a public venue, or the person’s private domain and there is no trespassing, they do not have an argument. If it’s visible, then you’re fair game. Use your noggin! — Bob R.

• There was a time when peeping through someone’s windows was illegal — Jadzia N.

• He was peeping, he was taking pictures of the apartment and the people. And they can sue, you can sue anyone for anything, [it] doesn’t mean you will win. Any respectable judge would not hear the case, but again, Obama is on his second term, so in the fruitcake place we call home ... anything can happen! — Buddy B.

• Peeping Toms are Peeping Toms, regardless of the artistic value — Jamie L.

• I’m with the artist. People have an expectation of privacy only when they take general, logical and reasonable steps to ensure their privacy, otherwise the whole world is a stage and someone with a camera will make you a star — Joseph A.

• Just because you live in a high rise doesn’t mean you don’t close your blinds. The apartments are usually on top of each other so make sure everything is private — Della S.

On a slideshow of the Bluefield, Va., black bear:

• I know how dangerous they can be, but they are still beautiful and majestic creatures. I live in Falls Mills and we have a couple that like to come by and visit — Angela S.

On a poll question asking what is the best part of the carnival:

• When it leaves should be an option :-) April B.

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Do you agree with the plans by Republicans to sue President Barack Obama over allegedly failing to carry out the new health care law? After voting, go to facebook.com/bdtonline to comment.

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