Honor vet­er­ans by giv­ing them more sup­port

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local News -

Ac­cord­ing to Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, he left last Sun­day’s In­di­anapo­lis Colts game (“Pence Leaves Game Af­ter Player Protest,” Oct. 9) “be­cause Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump and I will not dig­nify any event that dis­re­spects our sol­diers, our flag or our na­tional an­them. ... I stand with Pres­i­dent Trump, I stand with our sol­diers, and I will al­ways stand for our flag and our na­tional an­them.”

If Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump truly stood with our sol­diers, they would do a great deal more to sup­port our woe­fully un­der­funded Vet­er­ans Af­fairs and other ser­vices for the count­less mil­i­tary men and women who re­turn home phys­i­cally, men­tally and emo­tion­ally scarred.

Mr. Pence’s words ring hol­low. Walk­ing out of the Colts game was just an­other pub­lic­ity stunt on the part of our re­al­ity-TV ad­min­is­tra­tion that does noth­ing to sup­port our men and women in uni­form who are will­ing to make the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for our na­tion! KEITH G. KONDRICH Swis­shelm Park play­ers have been mak­ing a state­ment by kneel­ing dur­ing the play­ing of the na­tional an­them. If th­ese mul­ti­mil­lion­aires truly want to make a state­ment, I sug­gest they use some of their money to spon­sor a scout troop, a boys or girls club or some­thing that em­pha­sizes work­ing to­gether as a team.

There are school dis­tricts around the coun­try, in­clud­ing Pitts­burgh, that let too many chil­dren slip through the cracks. If some of th­ese mil­lion­aire pro­test­ers want to make an im­pact on their com­mu­ni­ties, fo­cus on the ones who are be­ing left be­hind be­cause of com­mu­nity ne­glect.

Pitts­burgh is fa­mous for lo­cal politi­cians who use tax­payer dol­lars to build sta­di­ums but ig­nore ar­eas where money should be spent. The kneel­ers could learn some­thing from an­other Pitts­burgh ath­lete. I am sure that the Lemieux Foun­da­tion will be re­mem­bered 50 years from now, when the kneel­ers are for­got­ten. JIM CAN­NON Mt. Le­banon

We wel­come your opin­ion

WPIAL. I think by now ev­ery­one fol­low­ing high school sports cer­tainly knows of our sea­son.

Re­ally, do you need to men­tion ev­ery week that we have the long­est los­ing sea­son? Our pro­gram is strug­gling, and hope­fully we will be able to turn things around by be­ing as­signed a new clas­si­fi­ca­tion! CH­ERYL SCHRANTZ


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