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Letter to the editor: Flag respect

September 14, 2016

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To the editor:

I believe the editorial cartoon on the Sept. 6 Opinion Page of our flag with Colin Kaepernick’s name on it is despicable.

If you attend an anti-war demonstration after work, government at no level could penalize you for that. Your employer would be hard-pressed to win a court case if he tried to do so. But, if you are promoting your political views to a customer in the office place, your employer would be well within his rights to say, “Not while you’re on the job.” I believe the NFL would be well within its legal rights to say:

“Our athletes are free to take any position they want on political issues on their own time. But when they are on the field wearing a team jersey, they will observe the basic appreciation and respect for our country. That is in line with the values of the NFL. If any player wants to sit during the National Anthem, he should get used to sitting during the entire game.”

I believe that announcement by an NFL team would pass constitutional review.

Comments

Amy Varoli Elliott 1 year, 2 months ago

His employer (49ers) have stated the players are free to make their own statements while on the job.

Paul Beyer 1 year, 2 months ago

Sorry Joyce, but have you ever observed at any venue, everyone standing for anthem? Especially have you checked the stadium employees, vendors, ticket takers, etc? I don't like his actions at all, but it's still his right to do so.

Carol Bowen 1 year, 2 months ago

They say it's not the time to do this," Foster said after the Dolphins' 12-10 loss. "When is the time? It's never the time in somebody else's eye, because they'll always feel like it's good enough. And some people don't. That's the beautiful thing about this country. If somebody feels it's not good enough, they have that right. That's all we're doing, exercising that right."

The Dolphins released a statement after the national anthem.

“We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans," the statement read. "We also recognize that it's an individual's right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today’s events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness."

USA TODAY Dolphins' Arian Foster on kneeling during anthem: This is what U.S. is about

Chris Bohling 1 year, 2 months ago

Who cares if people stand or sit for the anthem (in any context)? It doesn't affect anybody in any way.

Bob Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

Rating are down so far regarding NFL games. The fans are voting with their remote controls.

Rick Masters 1 year, 2 months ago

They're just all watching "Stranger Things."

Barb Gordon 1 year, 2 months ago

If I wanted to watch a bunch of men get brain damage, I'd go to Trump rallies. Bah dum-Tss! Thank you, I'll be here all week.

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