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I read online this morning that two U.S. Navy personal would not stand for the national anthem. I feel in my heart that any military personnel who does not stand for the national anthem or salute our great flag should be charged as a traitor because you are an enemy of our country. I keep hearing that black lives matter. Well this I know black lives only matter if a police officer is involved. If it is black on black shooting then it don’t matter because you don’t see anyone Marching and it is not worth talking about on the news. [ Editor’s Note: So, we have free speech and all that here in the U. S., and that’s important. And I try not to get too political about things that clearly fall under one’s First Amendment rights. And make no mistake, not standing for the National Anthem does, indeed, fall under those First Amendment rights. So, if Colin Kaepernick or whoever feels that they are making a state-ment by demeaning the sacrifices that men and women of all colors have made in order to ensure those very freedoms, well, then they can. Of course, having the “ right” doesn’t make it “ right”… not at all.

Here’s an interesting ( to me anyway) sidebar to all of this: We think of standing for the National Anthem as a timeless tradition firmly rooted in American History, but that’s not entirely accurate. The “ Star- Spangled Banner” has only been the National Anthem since 1932 ( before that it was a poem, and in between, it was a pub song set to an Irish drinking tune), and standing for it was a very slow- developing tradition. It’s also not a crime to remain seated for it, at least not at the federal level. Some cities have enacted ordinances that equate sitting during its playing as disrupting the peace, but even those measures have largely gone unenforced since the days of the Cold War]

*** Saturday morning, Tilden Rodgers Park was filled with happy kids and parents enjoying a morning of fishing. There were lots of fish caught and lots of fishing prizes given to the kids. There was not a city vs. city rivalry, nor my team against your team. It was fun for all and free. The crowd even picked up their trash! Let’s have more Crittenden County events like this fishing rodeo. [ Editor’s Note: I have heard nothing but good things about the Fishing Rodeo.

We’ve got a full page of pics in the back of today’s paper showing off all the smiling faces!]

*** Just wanted to let you know that it’s not just Trump signs that are being stolen! I live on Ross in West Memphis and I have had two Hillary signs taken out of my yard. I have since gotten new signs but there are people taking down a lot of signs around town. [ Editor’s Note: Just goes to show you there are n’er- do- wells on both sides of the political spectrum. I’m not sure why, but this reminded me of one of the better jokes of this political season ( outside, of course of the election itself… ba- dum- tssh!) “ Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. Trump gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $ 20 out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person. Hillary was very impressed, so when they came to another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into Trump’s pocket and got out $ 20. She kept $ 15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless person $ 5.” Sorry, my fellow Democrats, but that’s pretty funny and pretty accurate]

[Editor’s Note: That’s not the most informative ad if you’re not already familiar with the concept, is it? Well, I happen to have it from a reliable source that this is the next in a series of family- friendly movie screenings from Victory Church, and it’s being held at Worthington Park in West Memphis. They’ll be showing “Zootopia” this time around, and this Saturday’s feature might be the best one yet, weather-wise, since we’re finally getting a break from the heat and the mosquitoes shouldn’t be too bad. As advertized, the community is invited and the event is free]

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