Real sacrifice

As I remembered my father this past Veteran’s Day, I thought of that 18-year-old kid landing on the beach of Normandy, probably scared but brave enough to fight for the country he loved. He survived, but many did not.

Every time I hear about the NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, I think of how disrespectful they are being to my father’s heroism and to the memory of soldiers of all ethnicities who have given their lives throughout the years and those who continue to serve our country so we can be free.

At a time when so much turmoil and tragedy exist in our country, it’s a shame these NFL players think they are being “noble” by disrespecting our country. If these players are so earnest in their support of their cause, why don’t they skip a practice or a game and stand in protest at the stadium — that is, make a real show of support for the cause. Oh, wait, that would hit their own pocketbooks, which might mean actually having to sacrifice something — maybe not their lives but a dent in their hefty paychecks.

As for me, I agree with those who have stopped watching all NFL games. I make it a practice not to support un-American activities, which it seems the NFL is turning into.

Donna Wallingsford, Waco

Future investment

Regardless of where the next landfill is located, I feel transfer stations should be created. Local neighborhood garbage trucks should not be making long drives to a landfill. Anyone driving on U.S. Highway 84 or State Highway 6 knows well enough where most of the litter originates. If you don’t, drive behind one of these trucks and you’ll learn fast how much trash spills forth from them.

A transfer station would employ large, enclosed transport trucks that are more efficient for highway use. It would save time for the local trucks by not having to make the long trip to the landfill. In addition, centrally located transfer stations would make it easier for residents to bring large, hazardous or recyclable items. Maybe it would reduce the trash dumped on deserted back roads. I lived in Wichita Falls where this concept works well. The streets and highways are much less littered and the cost is less than what I pay here. I pay $16.50 monthly here and it was $13.95 in Wichita Falls, so I can’t understand why Waco says it will cost more.

David Smith, Woodway

What’s the benefit?

Why would the McLennan County Commissioners Court give the Brazos Commons riverfront project, including the Drury Inn, some $3.5 million in economic incentives? Just how does this benefit the county?

Cynthia Lawrence, Waco