Letters to the Editor

NFL anthem protests in perspective

In a column, contributor Susan Ritter rails against the NFL players’ protests and how disrespectful they are to flag and country. I served 13 years in the Coast Guard, and one thing I know for sure, respect is not given. It is earned. How can we demand respect when:

The President rudely shoves away the leader of an allied country to get to the front of the line?

The President stands before the United Nations, a body dedicated to preventing conflict, and threatens the annihilation of North Korea?

Congress fails to renew CHIP, a program that provides medical care to poor children?

The chief of staff lies about a speech given by a congresswoman and refuses to back down even when video evidence of the lie is readily available?

The President is a self-confessed sexual predator?

The President calls marchers who carry the flag of the regime that Ms. Ritter’s parents fought so bravely against “very fine people”?

Congress has repeatedly tried to pass legislation that would result in millions of people losing access to health care?

The President, who used every means at his disposal to avoid service, disrespects the service of a senator who did serve honorably and paid a severe price for that service?

The President disrespects the parents of a fallen soldier?

I would ask Ms. Ritter one final question: If kneeling for the anthem is disrespectful to the flag, is kneeling in prayer disrespectful to God?