Judges, don’t sign Anticom rally permit
In response to “Anti-communist group says it is planning Charlotte torch march, rally” (Sept. 23):
As a Jewish American who lives in Charlotte, I do not believe the white nationalist terrorist group “Anticom” should be allowed to assemble or speak in their self-proclaimed “anti-communist” march. Anticom has called on participants “to bring torches, guns, armor, gear, and flags.”
As a proud graduate of UNC Law School, I am well aware of, and cherish, our sacred Constitution’s protection of free speech and assembly. However, given the violent history of the KKK, the murders by white nationalist Dylann Roof, or the recent murder of Heather Heyer, is it not possible the Anticom march could result in another murder of an innocent American? Would a Charlotte judge issue a permit to ISIS to march in Charlotte? I think not. What’s the difference? Is it acceptable because the Anticom terrorists are white?
Joel Segal, Charlotte
Here’s actual flag disrespect
Using the flag in advertising;embroidering the flag on items such as pillows; flag patches worn on clothing by people other than the military, first responders or members of patriotic organizations; printing the flag on napkins, paper plates or cups that you throw away.
Under the US Flag Code Chapter 10 “Respect for Flag” (yes, there is a law about the flag), all of the above actions are considered disrespectful.
Taking a knee, or not standing, is considered a conduct violation, not disrespect.
As a 20-year veteran of the Navy, I applaud players from any sport “standing” for their Bill of Rights. I do not respect hypocrites who pick and choose which part of a law they want to obey while wrapping themselves in the guise of patriotism.
Jack Flynn, Charlotte
We should protest the NFL players
The NFL player protest is disgusting. They don’t have to like our president. He has nothing to do with our flag. If they want to protest something let them do so by making speeches or writing editorials.
They are all blessed to have the talent that they have and to be living in a country that gives them the opportunity to play this game and make the millions that they make. The players are not allowed to disrespect the officials or the fans, but they can disrespect our flag.
They are sticking together as teams. I say let us stick together as patriotic Americans and not watch them in person or on TV. Don’t buy their merchandise until the NFL changes.
Bill Mayo, Matthews
Should we just sign Kaepernick?
Politics has now taken to the sports world. With rich, pampered players insulting the president and the flag, and Trump standing in the same gutter firing back, we have a new low for public behavior. There is no sense of respect or civility left.
If that is the new normal, then I call on Jerry Richardson to adjust to the new normal and hire Colin Kaepernick. Most of the talking heads say he is better than any back up, and even a significant number of starters.
With no moral or ethical compass left, why not? Follow the quote Vince Lombardi borrowed for his team, “winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing.”
Bill Wallace, Charlotte
Now I understand the need for protests
During the medal ceremony of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, black American track stars John Carlos and Tommie Smith hung their heads and gave the Black Power salute during the playing of our national anthem.
As a young, white, southern male I was puzzled why they would do such a thing.
Now, after 49 years of observation and reflection, their actions are entirely obvious to me. What is less obvious is why there has been so little change in the American psyche.
Frank D. Long, Davidson
Trump can’t stop talking about Clinton
In response to “Clinton shouldn't be on our minds” (Sept. 20 Forum):
Lorraine Stark complains in her letter that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be on our minds. As a former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton has written a book that is an addition to those written by prior major politicians.
I have not seen Hillary putting herself in the public eye nearly as much as Mr. Trump’s frequent mention of her. It’s constant; he is the person putting her in the headlines – he won the election, if not the majority vote, and he complains bitterly about this.
Donna Bernard, Statesville