Readers Write: Nov. 2


Patriotism is citizens’ unspoken duty

The letter-writer of “Forced patriotism is unnecessary,” Readers Write, Oct. 26, is not only ridiculous but also quite unpatriotic. I served 24 years in the U.S. Army and I feel like I have the right to contradict the letter-writer. If he doesn’t want to show respect for our flag and all it represents, then perhaps he should search out another country in which to take up residence. And perhaps he should read up on what the war of independence cost us in the way of patriots that refused to live under the thumb of another country. The playing of our national anthem at sporting events is one way of paying tribute to all those courageous individuals that fought (many also died) in that conflict to win our freedom. Showing disrespect for these things of honor is no way to protest something that is bothering you. But when he is in the stadium and the national anthem is performed and the flag is displayed, I feel it is his unwritten duty to stand, place his hand over his heart if he is able, and possibly sing along with the performer.

BOB GRAYSON, CUMMING

GOP should not accept bad behavior

Since the inauguration I have been asking my friends, relatives and co-workers who are Republicans a question pertaining to the actions of the president. If they respond at all, it is with attacks on our former president, the Democratic candidate or sarcasm poorly masked with what they think is satire. Well, my question has been asked and answered by Senator Jeff Flake. On Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, Sen. Flake asked his colleagues, “Were the shoe on the other foot, would we Republicans meekly accept such behavior? Of course we wouldn’t.” Of course they would not and neither should the American people. The highest office in the land should meet the highest standards in the land.

MICHAEL FEDACK, ATLANTA




Next Up in Opinion

READERS WRITE: FEB. 19

Writer wrong to protect only one viewpoint The writer of “More than one side of speech worth protecting” (Readers Write, Feb. 11) makes a good point about free speech protection and government’s imposition on it, and then he ruins his argument by making it about conservative speakers on college campuses who are shouted down by audience...
Opinion: Mass killers should be denied notoriety they crave

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose “feel-good” gun measures that would...
Opinion: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

“MASON CITY. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a...
Opinion: Planting seeds to nourish Westside

Having not long ago celebrated the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his words could not ring more true for me and dozens of other Atlantans in this New Year. Just steps from where Dr. King and his family lived during his final years, and across the street from where Civil Rights leaders met to discuss plans for peaceful protests in the 1960s...
Opinion: Great leadership, vision key to future of HBCUs
Opinion: Great leadership, vision key to future of HBCUs

First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans in 1969...
More Stories