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NFL players have a reason to demonstrate

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Dear Editor:

Mr. Dana Harvey was impressed with a picture of high school football players showing "respect for the flag," as it left him with a nice warm and "fuzzy" feeling. Perhaps Mr. Harvey would be less impressed if he paid closer attention to what brought about the demonstrations by some NFL players, instead of doing what far too many do, bury their heads in the sand.

This country is supposedly the "land of the free," yet has more people incarcerated than any other country on this planet. This country has a big problem with the violation of human rights that must also be looked into and addressed. This country has a big problem with social and economic injustice, yet this does not seem to overly concern too many. That also needs to be addressed. This country has a big problem with racism and phobias of all types. Yet those appear to have become acceptable or normal in the minds of many, if not actually promoted by some. We still have a great many anti-Semites in this country. That is something which should have died long ago but, if it hasn't and needs a place to die, let it die here.

Many are using what are known as the "dreamers" as a political ploy. Those are human beings, many of them knowing more about this country than our so-called "natives" who never took the time or exerted themselves to learn about it. They need to be shown respect. There are many in need of medical care in this country that suffer and die simply because they can't afford the medical care or medicines they need. That is a violation of their human rights as well. There are those who cannot attend colleges and universities, again only because they can't afford it, resulting in a wasted mind.

It is not enough to leave younger generations with only a flag they can respect and be proud of. They need to be left with a country and society about which they can have those same feelings.

Robert I. Laitres

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