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Host Scott Simon reads your letters in response to stories about a Chicago police sergeant who is suing the city for overtime spent on his BlackBerry and about the Museum of Nuclear History and Science in Albuquerque's gift shop.


Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: Last weekend, NPR's Cheryl Corley brought us a report on a Chicago police sergeant who's suing the city for overtime pay because, he says, messages on his Blackberry kept him tethered to his job even when he was off duty.

Mr. PAUL GEIGER (Attorney): Hes using this mobile device at the behest of the police department off duty, and not being compensated for all the time spent on the device doing the citys work.

SIMON: To which Mayor Richard Daley said...

Mayor RICHARD DALEY (Chicago, Illinois): Were public servants. If I asked for that, Id be paid millions of dollars.

SIMON: That story struck a chord with many.

Jennifer McClung of Athens, Ohio, writes: I really have a problem with the idea that you are owned by your job 24/7. The BlackBerry phenomena feeds into that exploitative system as well as a person's natural compulsion, and fear for job security, to check their Blackberries. I say, when you leave your desk after working eight, nine hours, leave your BlackBerry.

But Jack Izor(ph) of Hoover, Alabama, writes: I actually like having the BlackBerry to help me get things done. I can see where an employer could exploit it, but if you are in a position that you are counted on to be available 24/7, then you are also probably smart enough to negotiate a fair compensation for your efforts, or choose not to work for that company.

Earlier this month, we aired a story on the Museum of Nuclear History and Science in Albuquerque. The museum displays replicas of the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and sells tiny replicas as earrings.

Keta Hodgson(ph) of West Hollywood, California, writes: Tchotchkes of Fat Man and Little Boy? The only thing that might be more sickening would be T-shirts with cheery images of the gas chambers at Dachau.

And John Erickson of Portland, Oregon, adds: We should be contemplating the meaning of what happened in August 1945, not buying Fat Man earrings.

Finally, last week, we brought you a performance chat with Dave Matthews, from Studio 4A.

(Soundbite of song, "You and Me")

THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (Music Group): (Singing) Want to pack your bag with something small. Just take what you need and we disappear...

SIMON: Many listeners let us know they enjoyed the interview, including Kristin Fischer(ph) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, who writes: After seeing him and the band almost 50 times, I never get tired of the energy and enjoyment they bring to my world. So thrilled you all interviewed him.

And David Griffin writes on There is simply nobody like Dave Matthews or the DMB - the fact that they can jam with the best of them, yet each song is completely unique, true and meaningful. You can hear an honest, genuine truth in Dave's voice. He doesn't seem to sing; he pours out his soul. Same goes true for all members.

Well, we like hearing from you. You can e-mail us by going to and clicking Contact Us. We're on Twitter, too. I'm @nprscottsimon, all one word. And the WEEKEND EDITION staff is @NPRWeekend, all one word.

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