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This compromise could solve the stand or kneel for the anthem dilemma | Letters
Here's what readers are saying in Thursday's letters to the editor
Members of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets kneel during the National Anthem before an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Members of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets kneel during the National Anthem before an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) [ ASHLEY LANDIS | AP ]
Published Aug. 6, 2020

Stand and kneel

Have it both ways on anthem

There is a tremendous amount of angst and controversy regarding whether or not sports figures should stand or kneel during the national anthem. Why not accommodate both sides of this issue? Allow 30 seconds of kneeling and silent prayer before the national anthem is played. It appears most sports teams are already on board with allowing players to express their feelings, so allow this acknowledgement of the Black Lives Matter movement to have these 30 seconds while allowing our anthem the respect it deserves and heal the divisiveness currently permeating this issue.

Gene Stern, Treasure Island

Does gear add to battle lines? | Aug. 3

They are officers of the peace

Why are we arming our “peace officers” with weapons of mass destruction? Wouldn’t it be nice to maybe build a community center where we can work together as neighbors? How about a friendly baseball or basketball game in the same neighborhoods where officers need to connect (with masks on)? Police should be neighborly and friendly, not feared. We don’t need to disband or defund our police departments; we need to rebuild and redirect our peace officers to the place we would all like them to be: safe and friendly neighbors.

Ann Brennan, St. Petersburg

The case for Trump will come down to his record. It’s a strong one. | Column, Aug. 4

Looking at both sides now

Thank you for printing columns from both sides concerning President Donald Trump. I don’t agree with anything Hugh Hewitt said about his accomplishments, but I think it is important to read opinions from both sides. However, the president’s leadership or lack of it during this coronavirus pandemic has been completely irresponsible.

Let me list a few as Hewitt did with his accomplishments: his late response to the spread of the virus to begin with; naming it the “China virus”; pushing the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment and prevention of the virus despite the advice of leading doctors; daily briefings that were nothing more than rallies for himself; allowing each state, county and city to respond to it instead of having a national policy; allowing the wearing of masks or not to become political; his declaration that mail-in ballots will cause widespread fraud, but not here in Florida; his lies about how well our country is doing concerning the virus. Finally, in an interview, his pandemic response was, “They are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is.”

Marilyn Wirth, Largo

The case for Trump will come down to his record. It’s a strong one. | Column, Aug. 4

Thanks for airing both sides

I support the Tampa Bay Times carrying many opinions. If we are not exposed to other viewpoints, we become enmeshed in our own without thinking them through. Also, the press is supposed to be unbiased. Always printing only one side’s views feeds into the mistrust of media to be fair. Thank you, Times, for exposing me to all sides.

Barbara Renzi, Dunedin

The case for Trump will come down to his record. It’s a strong one. | Column, Aug. 4

It’s good for the gray cells

I see you are taking flak for printing right-leaning columns. However, the complainers are not acknowledging the salutary effect bestowed on their little gray cells (try a different idea on for size!). It is understood, of course, that both sides are well stocked with idiots. The challenge to the reader is to determine which of the opposing writers is the lesser of the two idiots.

Eric Goodwin, Wesley Chapel

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