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The National Anthem; What to do?

The Way I See it

October 1, 2017
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Well the controversy continues to grow. The big ball game's about to begin and it's announced that we all should stand for the playing of the National Anthem. Pretty simple request and it's been done for years and years with no problems. But not anymore. The playing of The National Anthem at the beginning of ball games, the NFL in particular, is now the stage for making a statement. And that statement, whatever it may be, behooves one to not stand up during the playing or singing of our National Anthem.

Here's The Way I See It...

First and foremost, President Donald Trump should stay the ^%&$ out if the fracas. He makes the matter worse. If asked his opinion he should diplomatically say, "I think one should stand every single time the Anthem is played. It's my way to respect the men and women who fought and died for this great country." That's it.

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Here is the proper etiquette during the playing of the National Anthem; All should stand if they can, face the flag, put your right hand over your heart and most definitely remove your hat. Military personnel and veterans are asked to salute during the playing. It's called RESPECT!

But to demand that one stand during the playing of this great song is wrong. We are a free people. Obedience can be demanded, respect cannot. There is no rule in the NFL that players and coaches have to stand. They are highly encouraged to stand but not demanded.

It's all about respect and proper etiquette. Similar words come to mind; integrity, reverence, honor and decorum for example.

On the other end of the spectrum words such as ignorance, bad manners, unbecoming, rudeness and even contempt jut out.

But to be fair, I'm not exactly sure why everyone is picking so hard on those individuals kneeling or just not standing during the National Anthem. They are at least acknowledging that the Anthem is being played. I wonder what the cameras would pick up if they panned the crowd. People with their caps and hats on; people talking and taking pictures with their phones; people laughing and talking to each other; people standing in line to get their brats and beer and so on and so forth. Maybe one should work on getting the board out of our own eye rather than the speck in another's eye.

How about an announcement a few minutes before the National Anthem is played; all phones and hats off and the concession stands closed during the playing of the National Anthem. NOW THAT'S SHOWING RESPECT!!

Let the owners dictate how they're gonna deal with the situation and then let the public decide.

That's the way I see it. Let me know what you think at or call me at 319.327.4640.

Play Ball!!



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