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Letter: Anthem is wrong time for any kind of protest

Anthem is wrong time for any kind of protest

This letter is in response to the current controversy during the national anthem. We live in a country with free speech, but freedoms can be abused. My opinion is that there is a time and place for everything and the national anthem is not a time for protests of any kind. There are plenty of platforms out there to make your feelings known.

The national anthem is not about us. It’s about our country and I feel it is important to stand and place your hand over your heart or salute if you earn that privilege. That includes all sports players, who are often shown during this time and who are watched closely by our children.

If the team decides it is necessary to protest something, it can be done before the anthem in a moment of silence. But wait! Isn’t that gesture used to indicate death? I think it can also be used as a moment dedicated to our country to reflect on whether respect is dying at all levels. Are we part of the solution or part of the problem?

Mary Roaldi


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