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Criticism of column stands

My criticism of Mr. Bye’s writing stands. The beginning of his original Jan. 24 article makes casual reference to an article “in the Strib,” and references Congressman Tim Walz. He then touches on several different topics.

Toward the end of his article he presents his false information about the NRA rating system, making no reference to his source, no quote, no mention of the information coming from a reliable source. He did, however, slam the NRA, one of the oldest, largest and most successful advocacy organizations in the history of the United States.

Such negative commentary requires citing reliable sources, not assuming that another writer is accurate.

After reading the Jan. 24 article, I spoke with Echo management and provided accurate information and sources. I suggested Mr. Bye take the opportunity to correct his error in his next column. He did not, so I submitted the correction.

Now, in typical liberal fashion, he attacks me for correcting his error. If I may quote him, “The complex issue cries out for a more reasonable approach.”

My tongue-in-cheek suggestion to the Echo remains: Say a permanent goodbye to Mr. Bye.

Tom Lund,


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