LOOK, UP IN THE SKY Concerned about remote-controlled drones flying freely around U.S. airspace? You're in good company. Congress last year directed the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones widespread access by September 2015, but federal officials are now saying that such access will take significantly longer. For the forseeable future, drone use will be limited to permits granted by the FAA, which is still discussing a bevy of concerns about drone aircraft. There are a host of security and safety concerns, including whether drones would be able to avoid other aircraft and the possibility that remote-controlled drones could have their navigation controls hacked. And those issues don't even address the major concern:?privacy. FAA officials say they are working to address all concerns over drones, which is why widespread permits won't be happening any time soon. That's a good thing. There may be reasonable, limited uses of drones, including law enforcement, but there simply aren't enough regulations in place yet to help alleviate concerns over privacy and other issues.
BASELESS THREATS We hope the woman who admitted last week to making threats against Minot Air Force Base realizes the magnitude of her actions. Tiffany Anderson, of Lompoc,?Calif., called the base on Nov. 6, 2012, and claimed that there was a bomb on base. She also called the base's Head Start program the next month and threatened to shoot children. Anderson has pleaded guilty in federal court, and will be sentenced in February. She faces up to 30 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for the acts, which she said were an attempt to cause trouble for her former boyfriend, who was an airman stationed at Minot AFB. Anderson's actions disrupted the lives of countless people, including children, and she should pay for her misdeeds by serving significant jail time.