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    Memo to Bristol DA: Civil disobedience can become contagious — and incivil

    Concerning “Prosecutor drops charges, says protesters were right” (Page A1, Sept. 9): Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter apparently believes that blocking a shipment of coal to the Brayton Point power plant was proper. I suppose he believes that it would be proper to do it again.

    So I have to ask his legal advice: Imagine that it is August. Very hot. Regional electric capacity is peaking. Shipments of coal to Brayton have been blocked several times, and the plant is down to one day’s supply. Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara are about to block the next shipment of coal. This would result in blackouts in the region and considerable harm.

    So I ask the district attorney: Would it be proper for me to sink their boat?

    David Golber

    Cambridge