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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 06, 2017 1:00 am


Different interpretation

In thinking about the issue of athletes (and, now, others) kneeling in protest, I would like to offer a different perspective than the one currently being espoused by the leader of our country and many of his supporters.

Throughout history, “taking a knee” has traditionally and inherently been a sign of respect and humility. People kneel to pray, they kneel to express grief, they kneel to beg forgiveness, they kneel to receive an honor, they kneel to show honor. Could it be, then, that the athletes who kneel during the national anthem are not showing disrespect for flag and country but rather, deep respect for both while, at the same time, acknowledging that the benefits of this great nation do not yet extend to all of its citizens equally?

If the athletes intended to disrespect the flag and the nation it represents, they could turn their backs or raise a middle finger. They do neither. Instead, they kneel in silent, respectful protest, like a flag at half-staff to signal that our beloved country is in danger.

Candace Schuler

Fort Wayne

Former football fan

I cannot understand what the NFL is trying to prove. All this rebellion about the national anthem. Do they believe that what they did was wonderful? I know we have the freedom to protest, but I am wondering: What does this prove?

In a way, the president was correct. Where can they play football, which is a game, and make millions of dollars if not for what our military has done for this nation? What other nation would even allow them to protest, let alone mock what our national anthem stands for?

There are many ways to protest, but I think this was a very poorly chosen way. Not only will the other sports follow, but soon you will see even high schoolers protesting just like the pros. I would be embarrassed to even show up at family gatherings and tell my relatives thank you for saving our nation so I can rebel against what you did for me so I can make millions and I am sorry you got shot up and have trouble getting around.

I know this nation is not perfect and I do not think you could find one that will fit all of your needs and wants, either. I have followed sports most of my life but I am saying now that I am done with football and any other sport that follows what is going on.

Ralph Klinker


Rokita has demonstrated how to drain the swamp

Todd Rokita has never been the favorite of the establishment. And that's why I'm supporting him for United States Senate.

When he was secretary of state, he fought voter fraud by passing photo ID laws despite members of both parties telling him not to. He took on members of his own party, fighting for redistricting reform to put term limits on career politicians. As a result, the political elites drew him out of his congressional district.

As a candidate for Senate, Rokita is running on a campaign pledge to defeat the elite. He supports term limits, no budget no pay, and a permanent lobbying ban for members of Congress. That would be a good start to help drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.

If you're looking for the candidate who doesn't just say he'll take on the establishment but has actually done it, Todd Rokita is your guy.

Janelle Franks

Fort Wayne

Succinct rebuttal

Rebutting guest columns is difficult because of space limitations. Christopher Guerin, however, president of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, makes it easy by giving us this single sentence in a Sept. 21 column attacking Jason Arp, a fellow commissioner:

“Mr. Arp would have us believe that companies making campaign contributions are receiving special treatment and buying influence in the city's bidding and contracting activities.”

Would have us believe, indeed.

Craig Ladwig

Fort Wayne