I am writing in response to The Sentinel article of Wednesday, Sept. 27, regarding the "chip on his shoulder" carried by Sen. Mike Regan regarding NFL players who knelt or stayed in the locker rooms during the playing of the anthem.
Regan stated that the flag and anthem are "so precious" to many Americans. To me, these feelings are misplaced — the flag and anthem are but symbols of our great country; what should be precious would be the knowledge that all of our citizens are treated with respect, justice and fairness.
While this is not occurring in our country, it is imperative that it is addressed and repaired. Until then, peaceful protests such as "taking the knee" are an appropriate way of drawing attention to this. Nor is this "disrespectful" of military personnel serving our country, such as my husband who served for 27 years, including a year in Vietnam.
Many veterans and active service people will say their service is to ensure that these rights of free speech are upheld for everyone. To value only our symbols above justice is like honoring your wedding ring but spurning the important values of marriage.