I and others in my family are military, always lowering our flags to half-staff at sunrise at 5:19 a.m. on Memorial Day, and raising it back up to the top again at noon. We do so out of respect to those who have fallen protecting us. That is what Memorial Day is all about. Not just a day off from work with pay for grilling food and wearing swimwear for the start of summer.
When I resided in Hickory Hills, I took it upon my self to lower Old Glory at the Veterans Memorial next to City Hall for years. Now I reside in Marian Village in Homer Glen. Its the same old story, but no one wants to get up to lower our flag.
I implore each of you to check the flag flying in your community
Let’s all remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Bob Pritchard, Homer Glen.
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NFL bows to Trump
Since when is it unpatrioticto exercise one’s constitutional right under the First Amendment just because the venuehappens to be football games? That’s the stance the NationalFootball League under RogerGoodell has just taken in response to kneeling by mostly, but not exclusively, blackplayers, while the nationalanthem is played, in symbolic protest against America’s unequal law enforcement practices. It has outlawedkneeling and threatens finesagainst any team where it occurs. In so doing, it embraces society’s unequalstatus quo.
The first such protest by blackathletes was the raised fist whileour national anthem was playedduring a medals award in the 1968Olympics in Mexico City. At football games, Colin Kaepernick revived the symbolic protest in 2016 by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Thoughthe aim was the same, to protestracial inequality, in this casespecifically unequal enforcementof the law against black men,from street stops to sentencing.The statistics consistently show a pattern of anti-black biasthat starts in grade school whereblack boys are punished moreoften and more severely than their white peers for the sameor similar offenses.
Donald Trump, no friend of racial equality, has spun kneeling asunpatriotic. Rather, it is a reminderof how far the nation must goto validate its vaunted principles. The NFL may havecaved to Trump’s pressure.
But does that end the matter?What happens if in reactionplayers now kneel in other major televised sports? What happens if themajority of the white playersalso knee in sympathy, as hasalready happened? What happens to NFL profits if the game’s TV audience shrinks as viewership dwindles in support ofequality?
Obviously, America is still in the throes of findingits true self regarding equalrights for all. To quote the late sports icon,Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Stay tuned.
Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy is one heroic lady. Thank you, Rep. Cassidy, for shining a very bright light on the inner working of the House of Representatives (“Retaliation? State rep says questioning Madigan on harassment cost her job” — May 22).
This type of intimidation and fear has been going on for years now is public. This unbridled power and intimidation have to be stopped and now.
Stay safe at the grill
Whatever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?
Folks setting to break out their outdoor grill this Memorial Day face a nasty choice. If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella bacteria. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature.
But our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.
Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?
Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy nuggets. These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even offer cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides like their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our neighborhood supermarket, along with nut-based milks, ice creams, and other dairy-free desserts.
This Memorial Day, let’s stay safe on the roads, and let’s extend the safety net to our family barbecue grill.
Claude Prescott, West Town