Letters to the Editor

NFL protests: A former combat medic's perspective

We are aware of the statistics of NFL players such as Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch. My statistics pale in comparison. I was an infantry combat medic in World War II and then a helicopter pilot in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The majority of Americans support the movement to curtail police bias against persons of color. But millions of patriotic Americans of all color are witness to what would be considered taunting by certain NFL players.

The national anthem and flag ceremony has become a conduit promoting hatred. It is disgusting to see players disrespect brave first responders, firefighters, police, medics and the military.

On the surface it also appears to be an anti-white movement despite the support given to their movement by whites.

Instead of sitting on their butts during the anthem, they could be providing racial harmony by leaving their politics off the field.