Yes, play the anthem: Skipping it is the easy way out
Stopping the anthem seems like taking the easy way out again. ("Want to put a stop to kneeling during the national anthem, NFL? Stop playing it," Mac Engel column, Thursday)
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Engel's view is to just give in. Wrong!
It takes courage to take a stand.
Of course, you can say it takes courage to kneel. But is it right to show dishonor to a flag that represents freedom?
The anthem helps us remember the sacrifices and give thanks.
It wouldn't surprise me next they want to just get rid of the flag because it offends some people.
—Jim Hargrove, Fort Worth
Yes, play the anthem. Skipping it encourages more protests
Neither the national anthem nor "those rich old white guys" (who by the way have enabled these spoiled, pampered jocks to become millionaires playing a childish game) is the problem.The problem is a perpetually aggrieved faction who will never be satisfied.
They should be grateful they live in a country where fans have fawned over them, given them celebrity status and elevated their every utterance or action into a newsworthy event.
Protest on your own time and leave the anthem out of it.
Giving in and omitting the anthem is a poor idea and merely encourages more of the same behavior.
—Jan Smith, Cleburne
Yes, play the anthem. It's still exciting
Engel wrote that the tradition of p;laying the anthem at games started in 1918, implying America has matured beyond patriotism.
While it certainly doesn't happen every time, sometimes when the anthem is sung or presented in a certain way, I get goosebumps and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
And that's watching on tv. Being there would only intensify the sensation.
NFL owners got it right, and quickly for once.
—Randy Weeks, Roanoke
Yes, but play a different anthem
Sports is for entertainment. No anthem is needed.
None before films, stage plays, concerts, etc. Sports is an escape from the turbulent worries and pressures of everyday life.
If the anthem is unavoidable, require all attendees to stand, put down phones, and refrain from rowdy cheering until it's finished. Be respectful.
Second, play the national anthem before all sports competition, including peewee league, gymnastics, chess tournaments, et al.
Third, adopt an anthem more meaningful and contemporary.
If we pass on Jimi Hendrix's version of The Star-Spangled Banner, let's try Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" or Aaron Copland's "Fanfare For The Common Man."
Project scenes of Americana onto Jerry's 11,500 square-foot Jumbotron.
—Tony Zurlo, Arlington
Anthem protesters are quiet, respectful
Without the teams' input, the NFL decided that players will either stand or remain in the lockerroom during our national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick did not turn over police cars or set fire to stores. He quietly knelt during The Star-Spangled Banner to remind us of the meaning of the flag: liberty and justice for all.
He was bringing awareness to the fact that the flag is receiving more respect than many people who are treated unjustly daily.
—Rita Cotterly, Fort Worth
Anthem protesters are pampered radicals
The suggestion that the NFL should turn its back the National Anthem in response to the misguided action of a few pampered radical football players is absurd.
—Jack D'Amario, Granbury
Anthem protesters not the ones who don't respect America
Disrespect for our national anthem, flag, and country is taking four student deferments and a bone spur deferment in time of war.
That is what disrespect looks like.
—H.C. Moore, Lipan
No, stop playing the anthem. Save it for something besides football
We are all at war, like it or not, so we are all involved in the issues involved in the anthem protests.
But I also feel that the national anthem should be reserved for national holidays and other special occasions, and is presently much overused and abused.
Have a safe and reflective Memorial Day weekend.
—Micheal J. Remme, Arlington
Needs more info on a Marine
Three or four years ago,. a member of our Marine Corps League detachment in Granbury moved to Burleson and soon after passed away.
We are updating our Wall Of Honor and find we have no information whatsoever on him.
He was a Navy Corpsman who served with the Marines, known as an “FMF” Corpsman.
If anyone has any information on William “Doc” Martin, I would sincerely appreciate hearing from them so we can give Bill the proper recognition he deserves on our Wall of Honor.
—Con Shuck, Granbury