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Opinion

January 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor 1/27/13

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The application process and the annual EVR were burdensome to complete, and the wait actually months, close to year. Although retroactive if granted, the wait for the benefits was a burden.

Jim’s articles have been the ONLY notice that we’ve seen or read that the EVR will no longer be required (hooray!), and that VA is now going paperless (hooray again!). It’s about time.

Jay & Elaine Turner

Reader Response to NRA Letter

Dear Editor:

Charles Thompson has written a letter about a topic he apparently knows nothing about. In his letter of Jan. 20, Mr. Thompson states that after the Newtown shooting the NRA “released a violent shooting video game ...”

He cannot have viewed the game and make such a statement. I downloaded the game. It is a “first shooter” game that allows the player to shoot: 1) a pistol at targets on an indoor range, 2) a rifle at targets on an outdoor range, or 3) a shotgun at skeet-like targets.  

Absolutely zero “violence” unless one considers the simple act of shooting a virtual gun “violent.”

Maybe Mr. Thompson is referring to the “violence” at the opening of each of the three ranges where there are gun safety tips such as “know your target and what is beyond it.” Perhaps Mr. Thompson’s “violence” statement comes from the NRA Info menu on the game’s main menu. Selecting the NRA Info takes one to another menu that lists: 1) gun safety, 2) NRA News, 3) Hunting Season, 3) Gun Laws, and 4) Legislation (gun-related). All of these selections are links to NRA websites that provide the topic information. Where is the “violence”? Unless the mere mention of the NRA is “violence” in Mr. Thompson’s mind.  

Unfortunately, that is just the case with many like-minded people. It is a mutation of the mathematical transitive relation where in this case  guns = bad and NRA = guns then NRA = bad. There is plenty of evil in the world. We do not need people conjuring up more where it does not exist.

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