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License to pass judgment does not come with being in military

Regarding the sentiments of Peter M. Cooper of the U.S. Army, I must agree with him in regards to the flag having a symbolic representation and that it is more than just a piece of cloth.

But I must differ with his holier-than-thou attitude because he is in the armed services and went to Iraq. He chose to join the army and has every right to voice his opinion. But a few students not standing for the National Anthem does not give him the right to pass judgment.

Before he gets on his high horse, he should look into his own life. Does he litter, does he speed when he drives or roll through stop signs, does he obey every law of this nation?

He should show respect by abiding by the laws of this great nation instead of just standing pointing out that others are not as good an American as he is. How could he be standing revering the flag when he is too busy condemning others in his mind? Is he a better American than you or me because he joined the army, went to Iraq and stands when the National Anthem is played? Absolutely not!

A “great American” is a person who abides by the nation’s laws (unless unjust) and seeks justice for all, not just a person who stands when the National Anthem is played. What is the point in those people standing up if it is just a meaningless gesture? That is like taking communion and not thinking about what it represents, as well as how much God loves us.

Why bother going through the motions if it truly does not have meaning for an individual? Thank the troops by praying for them not just by standing during the National Anthem. It will do those troops more good. Dustin Teets, junior

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