Letters to the Editor

McCoy letter: Freedom of speech

Many years ago at the height of Desert Storm, we were in Nashville at OpryLand. Lee Greenwood’s song, “God Bless the USA,” came on and everyone stood up with either fists in the air or hand over their heart. I remained seated and a man next to me said, “You need to stand up.” I replied that this was not the national anthem and I wasn’t going to stand up for it. He said, “You must be a communist.” I looked at him and said I spent four tours in Vietnam including two as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets). Did you ever serve? He quickly looked away. I bring this up because of the current controversy over Colin Kaepernick. He has the right to stay seated during the playing of the anthem. That is why some of us fight and some die. Freedom of speech is guaranteed through the Constitution. Don’t say he should leave this country. How about telling Donald Trump that? He has been saying America is not great. Also, he got two medical deferments to avoid Vietnam. He has not served his country in my opinion.

Rex McCoy, Boise

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