From our readersIssue Date: October 4, 2017
The following letter was sent to the Peshtigo Times by a reader.
I've been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale bowl and Giants Stadium.
I missed the 90-91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. Fourteen of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they're something special! They're not!
My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this!
You'll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this, Yes, I know, it's their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs?
I observed a player getting personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that's much worse than disrespect the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmm, isn't it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You're just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles. They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don't do it for an hour on Sunday They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don't even have ice! Many don't have legs or arms.
Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit and road and take those worms with you!
Time to change the channel.
Col. Jeffrey A. Powers USMC (Ret)
Letter to Editor:
Thank you for the newspaper. I enjoyed reading it but noticed there was no mention of the President of the United States and all the things he is doing. I was disappointed until I read the article "Country Cousin". I commend Shirley Prudhomme for having the backbone to stand up to the Packers, all the ball clubs. I agree with everything she said.
How can America ever be great again when foreigners can come to our country and demand rights, rights which they never fought for and disrespect our flag.
Shame on the ball player who capitulated to the pressures of his teammates.
Mrs. James Gibeault
P.S. Stand up American for what is right!
To the Editor:
In light of the recent controversy in our country about freedom of speech, it seems fitting to address and refute some issues raised in the Country Cousin column of the Sept. 20 issue.
In a segment titled "soap box' Ms. Prudhomme compared the immigrant experiences of German arrivals to this country to that of African Americans. Specifically, there is this statement: "there are degrees of slavery". She goes on to reference the experience of sharecroppers in this country and serfdom in Germany.
Poverty has always been with us. The tenant farmers cited in the article were likely people of European descent whose start to life in America was like many first generation arrivals. They were poor, hungry, tired. The key point here is that our European ancestors came here voluntarily. They planned, scrimped and saved for their passage, made arrangements, said goodbye and got on a boat. They knew the risks and took them.
Our African enslaved people were summarily plucked from their homes, placed in shackles and forced onto a ship against their will. They were bought and sold like commodities. They were mistreated, ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed and often separated from their families at the will of the slavemaster.
It is simply not appropriate to compare the experiences of these two groups of immigrants.
As to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1 January 1863, let us be reminded that the Civil Rights Act was passed 101 years later. In the intervening century, when European immigrants were finding their way in this land with the help of relatives, friends and community resources, African Americans remained in the throes of reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and redlining (the practice of housing discrimination common from 1910s to 1970s). The Civil Rights afforded to European newcomers as soon as they stepped foot on our shores were summarily denied to African Americans until 50 years ago.
My final point is this: Had African Americans "taken the chance' and exercised their right to come to this country by their own free will, their experience may have been vastly different. This we will never know. By the same toke, had our European ancestors been forced to leave their homes, been so ill treated and abused by "owners' and subjected to culturally sanctioned abuses for more that 250 years would resentment not be expected?
To compare the lived experiences of European Americans and African Americans while pitying one group and disparaging the other is simply a reflection in the lens of our deeper national troubles. To b e so reductive does not foster understanding between people of different cultures no matter the color of their skin or their place of birth. In my view, we need to spark conversations that do not begin with denigration of the "other'.
I recommend the book "The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (2010) for a very compelling look at these issues.
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