Who is this “us” to whom you refer in your statement “Both have left us with a bad taste in our mouths”?
As an American I am not offended by the “taking of a knee” by the sports players. I am somewhat perplexed by your assertion that to “take a knee” disrespects all that the American flag, national anthem, and country symbolize.
Let me get this straight. For the majority of sports players “taking a knee,” is this the same flag, national anthem, and country that represents a government that denied the parents and ancestors of these players the right to:
a. vote in elections on any level
b. live where they could afford to buy
c. pursue educational opportunities at the institutions of their choice
d. serve on juries
e. eat at any restaurant
f. work in any field for which they had an interest and appropriate skills
g. have a reasonable expectation the judicial system would treat them fairly
h. use public accommodations
i. enjoy the same privileges that any white American enjoyed?
I could cite other examples but, instead, I shall pose this question to you.
Where was the rectitude of this country’s motives toward its citizens that do not look like you?
Ironically, I believe the president has become an unlikely advocate of Colin Kaepernick in that few persons knew or cared what he was protesting. Now, millions of persons know that he is protesting something. Unfortunately, the president and you and others of your ilk are taking his protest out of context. As a citizen, Kaepernick can protest as he sees fit. He is not misguided. Other than Kaepernick, no one has suffered because of his protest. To my knowledge, he has not publicly said that his is protesting the flag, national anthem, or the country. Even if he did, he would be justified in doing so given the hypocritical history of this country.
Lastly, you are naïve to believe there are “…those fighting a war to protect our values and way of life.” Regrettably, those fighting a war a pawns of corporate interests in this country to gain control of the natural resources of those invaded countries.
You have a large readership. Your editorial has done your readership a disservice.
Taking issue with headline on taxes
I take issue with the headlines of your paper the week of Sept. 20, 2017. Raising taxes is not and should never be a “FORCED” issue. Sugar Land Council and city manager contrived that tax increase before Harvey ravaged our area. The alternative, as we homeowners know and must do, is to cutback and decrease spending. The government only and foremost raises taxes. Scheduled meetings were held during difficult times for so many. To state that most people will only have tax increase of $20-$40 is a bogus argument because that is never the full truth, especially when we have a recalcitrant Fort Bend Central Appraisal District that continually raises property appraisals.
We all like animals and animal parks. Most of us have no objection to the bicycle trails throughout the city. None of us see the value or need of enticing large multi-billion dollar commercial companies to our city and giving these companies tax abatements worth millions of dollars and other concessions like building roads. These expenses are then passed on in the form of higher property taxes.
The city politicians have forgotten the voters and ordinary working people. Is it time for a new city manager and council members? I don’t recall any of them campaigning for tax increase. Where is the concern and compassion for the people on fixed incomes and those facing devastating losses and expenses? Your headlines and the choice of “FORCED TO RAISE TAXES” is bothersome.