Sitting for anthem shows lack of ethics

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’ve been sitting on the sideline listening to various opinions on the seemingly vogue practice of professional football players, at least for some of them, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. They’ve fabricated reasons to justify their actions, of which many have supported on First Amendment grounds.I strongly support the Constitution and do my best to avoid picking and choosing only the parts that support my opinions. I thus agree that the players have a right to protest. One thing that I’ve noticed to be conspicuously absent from the various pro and con statements on this issue is one very important word; that word is “ethics.” Though the players have the First Amendment right to protest, doing so during the National Anthem is abhorrently unethical. It’s disrespectful to everyone who’s served this nation, living and dead. It’s disrespectful to every patriot in our nation.Another right these players don’t have is the right to protest on the job. I know that I would be fired for doing so.The statement the protesting players are really making is that they lack basic moral values. They lack the ability to determine that the protesting should be done on their own time and not during the National Anthem; not the message they wanted to get across.Niskayuna High School announcing it won’t play the anthem before a game is a stunningly poor decision. The school’s job is to teach its students to better prepare them for their adult lives. Instead, they’ve been taught how to dodge an issue.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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