Why I stand

On Oct. 26, 1942, a young Marine named Mitchell Paige earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal. For hours this young man operated four machine guns and single-handedly stopped an entire Japanese regiment trying to retake an airfield. All the Marines in his company had either been killed or were wounded.

When Mitchell Paige was small he went to school in a three-room schoolhouse where the students were steeped in the traditions of America. The teacher opened each day with a Bible verse and the Pledge of Allegiance. They memorized all the great documents of America. When asked why he was willing to die for his country, he answered: “My undying love of country and my strong loyalty to the Marines fighting by my side gave me no choice but to fight on unswervingly throughout my battles, utilizing my God-given ability to make use of what I had been taught and learned.”

Mitchell Paige was a true patriot of America and America is proud to have hundreds of thousands of valiant soldiers cut from the same piece of cloth. This Veterans Day remember Mitchell Paige. Remember all the brave soldiers, sailors and Marines.

Stand up! Remove your caps and place your hands over your hearts and sing our national anthem. It is the Star Spangled Banner!

Joe A. Hunter, Clifton

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This is in reference to all the football players who are doing all this kneeling before each game. This is the most disgraceful thing I have ever seen. To me it is the sorriest thing any person — white, black, Mexican, Asian or any other nationality out there — can do. I for one will not be watching anymore football games nor will I buy any product of any business that sponsors these teams.

I am sure there are thousands out there who also feel this way. There are other ways of showing your disgust with what is going on besides demonstrating disrespect in this particular manner. We as fans of football games are very disappointed in the actions of those players involved in these protests. I hope attendance falls off for their remaining games to prove just how angry we are at their chosen means of demonstration. And I hope the owners and coaches who similarly participate feel the pinch as well.

It’s bad enough all these Confederate statues have been removed, given they are part of history. How would they like it if any and all things pertaining to Martin Luther King Jr. were removed? Are we going to throw away all our money that carries pictures of presidents of Confederate times? Just how far is all this going to go?

There are thousands of things I do not like or agree with, but I am not going to be disrespectful just because I don’t agree with them. I hope all the crazy sports fans out there join me in this fight. Let your voices be heard if you do not condone these signs of disrespect.

James Hopkins, Waco