Yet another Mini writer (Sept. 29 Journal) knows how to spell the word Constitution, but fails to understand the document.

Free speech is a right, to be sure. Anyone has the right to stand up and shout to the masses during their free time on any subject they choose. When you are at your job you do not enjoy this freedom without being subject to corrective measures, including firing, when it reflects upon your employer. The NFL will not tolerate any alterations to their uniforms, for instance. The NBA forced out an owner for speaking his mind in private even when they considered it reflected poorly on the league. Sports players have dozens of reporters salivating at the chance to talk to them anytime they wish. Believe me, they have a public soapbox. The national anthem is not the time. At a sporting event, they are on the payroll and what they do there is reflecting on their employer. Would you folks who seem to think this is just free speech be so quick to defend this if a player was waving a Confederate flag in a show of what he felt was the appropriate flag to display during the anthem? Free speech or a slap in the face?

Even if you do not agree with everything this country has done throughout history, it has without question done more for the human race than any other in history. To slap the the people who have defended her is appalling. - Gary Beebe, South Sioux City, Nebraska

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