Doug Olson (Nov. 2 Tribune), might want to read the USA Today article from Sept. 28 titled ,"What do veterans think about kneeling during the anthem?"

In it, the wife of Pat Tillman, former NFL football player who was killed serving in Afghanistan, states: "The very action of self expression and the freedom to speak from one's heart -- no matter those views -- is what Pat and so many other Americans have given their lives for. Even if they didn't always agree with those views."

And many other active duty and military veterans express those same ideas, including several in the USA Today article. Olson might also want to remember that many, many veterans are black, many of whom have been killed or wounded fighting for the same right to speak that Pat Tillman valued, even a few black police officers and firefighters as well.

Maybe right after the anthem the Jumbotron should show some of the recent videos of black people (unarmed) being shot to death in the back, choked to death or beaten. This could be displayed over the subtitle "with liberty and justice for all."

I'm fairly sure Olson knows where those words are found. I don't know whether he is a veteran or policeman, but I think he really doesn't get what so many vets (or their survivors) do. It isn't about disrespecting the flag or the country. It's about free speech and injustice.

Bill Carskadon, Onalaska

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