Bogus claims slow down VA's processing times

Re: "Shake up Veterans Affairs so America's heroes get benefits," Editorial, May 3

Compensation for veterans who receive a service-connected injury should be awarded after the necessary writtenproof and documentation are presented and after subsequent review and approval by the Veterans Administration.

However, this editorial failed to take into account the many hoursutilized by the VA in sorting out bogus claims.Those wastedhours could have been better spent processinglegitimate ones.



Internet sales tax would hurt small e-businesses

Re: "A not-so-taxing decision on Internet sales," May 2

I'm disgusted that Nicole Gelinas would go so far as to argue that the Internet sales tax working its way through Congress is closing a loophole.Interstate purchases were exempted because keeping up with 25,000 state and local sales taxes is almost humanly impossible.

That's not a typo: California alone has 2,558 local sales taxes, New York has 2,158, and the list goes on. Not all of them apply to every single business, but just keeping up with 25,000 local rates that theoretically could change at any time could very easily put a lot of small Internet vendors out of business. They need to focus on their businesses, not be tax collectors for the political class.

No wonder Amazon is on board with this. It can afford enough accountants, but could small sellers on eBay? Amazon will be the only retailer in cyberspace after most of the smaller e-commerce sites shut their doors forever.

Internet commerce is currently a larger share of the American economy than agriculture, education, food service and construction.It's brought a lot of prosperity and revolutionized the American way of life because wiser heads than the current crop were smart enough to leave it alone.

For Congress to suddenly step in and demand a ton of flesh from one of the last free sectors of the American economy would be stupendous arrogance at best, economic suicide at worst.

Trevor White

Silver Spring

Missile defense is military, economic no-brainer

Re" "President Obama's missile defense failure imperils U.S. national security," April 27

Reps. Doug Lamborn and Trent Franks explain the military value of missile defense but overlook the economic case for this game-changing technology. It protects us from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for pennies on the dollar, critical in a sequestration world.

North Korea and Iran are the worst proliferators, but Syria just used chemical weaponsand Pakistan's nukes could become a threat at any time.America cannot afford an army large enough to stand at the borders of every rogue state.A single U.S.-based missile system to handle threats from all comers is a more cost-effective strategy.

Even with construction of a new interceptor base on the East Coast, as your authors recommend, missile defense is far more affordable than pre-emptive war or other forms of conventional deterrence.The core Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is less than 1/500thof today's military budget.

I disagree that there is still a partisan divide on missile defense divide.A decade of testing success, with 58 out of 73 test kills across all ballistic defense components,has won over most critics.Retired Air Force Maj. Leroy J. Gallegos

Albuquerque, N.M.