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Letter: Veterans fought for right to protest

To the Editor:

This letter is in reference to Lonnie Stojan’s letter in the Jan. 30, 2018, Daily Chronicle regarding protests at ball games. Lonnie stated “A lot of men and women have fought for and given their lives fighting for what our flag stands for.” As a veteran, I can understand the sentiment. 

However, our flag stands for hundreds of thousands of instances of freedoms exercised in this country every year, one of which is to protest at football games. When football players protest by taking a knee, “a lot of men and women have fought and given their lives” to assure the protesters are protected by the right to do so. Such protests have no intended effect on the general public if injustices are marginalized by taking their “protest somewhere else.” The very nature of protests is to protest openly and at inconvenient times.

What would the Rev. Martin Luther King have accomplished if the rights to protest in the 1950s and ‘60s had been confined by police to the back alleys of Selma?

Please note that the intended timing of football players to protest by taking a knee has had obvious effects on public discourse, certainly a good thing, and without interrupting game time. It isn’t a democracy if people cannot exercise their freedoms, even at the inconvenience of some citizens. If even one player takes a knee Sunday, I’ll know that my time in the service won’t have been wasted, that in some small way, long ago, I helped assure the freedoms we cherish, including Mr. Stojan’s right to protest the protesters.  

That said, I will not be turning off my TV. (Go Eagles!)

John Omerod

Veterans must fight to receive good health care

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