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Letter: Americans should honor country and respect flag

Americans should honor country and respect flag

While I don’t condone or agree with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s sitting during the national anthem, it would seem to be an artificial issue about a second-string quarterback who has had more media attention than he deserves. The media are playing it up because he is a big sports figure, and people are tired of hearing about the foibles of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. No one is questioning Kaepernick’s right to behave the way he is or to wear his piggy socks, but neither is anyone questioning whether his behavior will achieve anything of consequence. Perhaps he should have sat with the police in one of their cruisers and seen what they have to cope with on a daily basis before electing to make a spectacle of himself.

There have been many times in the past when people have chosen not to honor the values that our anthem and our flag represent. This brings to mind something that happened many years ago and still bothers me. I was in high school and every morning we had to stand at attention with our right hand over our chest and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. While the students did this, our homeroom teacher stood in the hall. This left me with a very negative impression of my teacher, who seemed not to care for or respect my adopted country. As far as I remember, nothing was ever said or done about it by the school administration. But it still bothers me that an educator and an adult would choose to give such a poor and disdainful impression to his impressionable students. I would hope that we do not have such uncouth behavior in our schools today.

Dolores Stefanacci

West Seneca

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