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November 20, 2018

Not doctors’ jobRe: “Doctors trade barbs with NRA on guns,” Metro, Nov. 13:Everyone has the right to his or her opinion on the Second Amendment, which protects our individual right to keep and bear arms for our protection, whether against a tyrannical government or some other form of criminal violence. I certainly have such an opinion, but I do tailor what I say about it while I am on the job and even then only when asked. You see, I don’t get paid to make political statements or express my opinion on anything not job-related.Likewise, when I see a doctor about a medical problem, I am not paying that doctor to give me a lecture on whether I should carry a firearm for my own protection, as I am properly licensed in accordance with Texas state law to do so. Instead, I am paying them to correct the medical condition responsible for me coming to see them.Any doctor is free to disagree with me and expound his or her opinions ad nauseam on gun rights, gun control and/or criminal activity for which I am not responsible while I am paying them for their time and medical expertise, but they should not be surprised if I do not come back for more such nonsense.It would be better for all concerned if they simply stayed in their lane and did the job they are trained for and paid to do, same as everybody else. Doctor: Your diatribe is better directed toward the violent criminals who commit these crimes rather than at law-abiding citizens who have nothing to do with them. That they don’t want to listen to you, either, is certainly not my fault.Robert E. Thornburgh III, Canyon LakeA valuable lessonRe: “From a WWII hero, a lesson that won’t be forgotten,” Another View, by Connor Kenney, Monday:I’ve just read Connor Kenney’s letter describing his experiences visiting the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Here is a high school junior who learned life lessons he would never get anywhere else. This will prove to be an enlightening experience from which most of our school students, and the millenials of today, could learn a lot about history, the value of life, and the liberty and freedom so many take for granted.I’m sure Connor will pass on the wisdom he learned from veteran Ken Butler to his friends and eventually his children. Those veterans to whom that memorial is dedicated to will not have served or died in vain. And thanks to Gary Sinise. Good job!Ed KassofBig questionsTwo burning questions.No. 1: If Kawhi Leonard didn’t play for coach Gregg Popovich due to a physical problem, how come he has been tearing up the league? Methinks there was a lot of problems between player and coach that we will never know.No. 2: If Canada is promoting legal marijuana, isn’t it promoting smoking, which anyone with a brain knows is bad for your health? Not only is Canada promoting legal smoking, but what’s into their lungs is unfiltered and surely destructive.If anyone can give me a valid answer, I would appreciate it.Jack Hardy, Adkins

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