Hunting puts kids in tune with nature
A letter from Rita Ross concerning "Parents glorying in their children's killing wildlife" encourages me to respond ("Hunting teaches children to kill," April 18).
Ross refers to pictures printed in The Roanoke Times that relate to killing gobblers during Virginia's spring turkey hunting season.
Ross hopes these children "grow up to be nice people." She further says "the family that slays together stays together."
Hunting wild game is a necessary part of wildlife management. Further, it is important that, as parents, we teach our children responsible use of firearms and hunting ethics.
Parents who share hunting skills with their children are not contributing to social mayhem. They are teaching ecology, land use, habitat preservation, socialization and family interaction.
By contrast, you may have seen a movie review the same day as Ross's letter for "Crank: High Voltage" ("'Crank' amps up the action"). The review mentions frenetic, bloody violence; "here's the quest, here's who you have to kill to achieve it"; and a bigot at war with a world of gay, brown and yellow people.
Ross should be more concerned with the violence and anti-social behavior glorified in today's movies than with families responsibly enjoying our natural resources.
JOHN L. EBY JR.