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Letter: How Trump can douse Dakota Access Pipeline prairie fire

First, let me congratulate the Herald on being a legitimate news media organization actually publishing fresh information on the Dakota Access Pipeline/Standing Rock situation.

First, let me congratulate the Herald on being a legitimate news media organization actually publishing fresh information on the Dakota Access Pipeline/Standing Rock situation.

For several days, the Shawn McCoy column that the Herald printed, "What Dakota Access Pipeline protesters aren't telling you" (Page A4, Nov. 13), came up near the top of Google news searches for the pipeline.

I can see from the photo that McCoy is young, and his piece shows good writing skill. However, he apparently is neither old enough nor wise enough, and the editorial staff has too much faith in orderliness, to understand that the situation at the pipeline protest site today does not demand a recounting of legal opinions and cancelled meetings on the DAPL.

We are way beyond that. Emotions and prolonged stress are now the whole story.

Every professional journalist should be directing his or her fire at the North Dakota governor's office, the Obama administration and the Trump transition team, demanding an announcement-preferably, a cancellation of the project or a reroute.

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Imagine the instant national healing a Trump call to reroute would bring, especially if Trump beats Obama to it. And why not? Trump and other investors could turn right around and sue the government to recover all costs for work to date, plus the costs to dig up and reroute. They'd make money, be heroes and provide an extra year of much-touted infrastructure jobs. It's win/win/win all the way down, and nobody gets hurt.

They certainly have grounds: the Feds let the pipeline company proceed with an incomplete permit and without an environmental impact statement.

The Standing Rock leadership is the only entity calling for peace and calm. All the others are offering threat and threat by silence.

Given Trump's Electoral College win and despite or driven by his abusive language, Standing Rock is the flashpoint of predictable national violent unrest.

Shawn, sometimes it doesn't pay to be right or to follow the rules. When you see crisis, crisis is the story.

Protesters, police and the public are in serious danger. The World is watching; that is the story. To me, a lot of those kids look just like Shawn; he might want to think about that. Nerves are frayed.

Paul Berry

Santa Ana, Calif.

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