By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Showing respect for the flag

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Typical straw man argument. Taking a knee has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag or the song.

Horse with no name

"Our country's unique because our dissidents have a voice," said Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a World War II veteran who lost an arm in the war and was decorated with the Medal of Honor.

"While I take offense at disrespect to the flag," he said, "I nonetheless believe it is my continued duty as a veteran, as an American citizen, and as a United States senator to defend the constitutional right of protesters to use the flag in nonviolent speech."


Much respect to Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii and I'm grateful for his service, but I couldn't disagree more. The flag deserves special protection. Period.


Does no one else feel our national anthem completely sucks? The range is too broad, people screw up the words and it's totally lacking a memorable melody. I've always looked forward to games with Toronto in order to hear the moving (and singable) "O Canada." My elementary school music teacher--who frequently wept when we sang off-key or played the autoharp without the gray and white ink eraser--insisted that "banner" toward the end should be sung "ban-NER-er" and never "ba-an-er-er." She is the sole reason I listen to the song, to make sure "banner" is handled with the care she demanded. Furthermore, taking a knee or raising a fist doesn't spit on America. Much like the anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, whose words include "with liberty and justice for all," sounds totally hollow and ironic in the midst of national mayhem in which liberty and justice remain cardboard words with no substance for a significant segment of the population.

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