My son-in-law died for free­dom

Tampa Bay Times - - Opinion - The writer is pres­i­dent of the TradeWinds Is­land Re­sorts.

As an Amer­i­can pa­triot I will al­ways stand, put my hand over my heart and face our flag when I hear the na­tional an­them. That flag draped the cof­fin of my won­der­ful son-in-law, 19-year-old Ma­rine Lance Cpl. Michael Lin­der­man Jr., af­ter he was killed in ac­tion. That flag was folded and pre­sented to our tear­ful daugh­ter and told it was from a grate­ful na­tion.

I will never for­get stand­ing alone lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio on Jan. 16, 1991, as Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush an­nounced we had started bomb­ing Iraq and God Bless the USA by Lee Green­wood started play­ing. Tears rolled down my cheeks. I knew our son-in-law was in harm’s way in Saudi Ara­bia.

Two weeks later, Michael was one of the first 11 Marines to die in that war. They bravely fought five hours out­num­bered by 75 tanks. The grate­ful peo­ple of Kuwait re­spect our flag and proudly waved it at the air­port in 1993 when they brought 200 fam­ily mem­bers to Kuwait to per­son­ally thank us for the sac­ri­fice our loved ones made. Let us not for­get we were fight­ing for the lib­er­a­tion of one Mus­lim coun­try (Kuwait) that was in­vaded by a much larger Mus­lim coun­try (Iraq).

As a Navy wife for 21 years I know the dan­gers of war, and my brother-in-law was killed in Viet­nam. To those of us who have lost loved ones in ser­vice to this coun­try, when you take a knee and refuse to stand you are be­ing dis­re­spect­ful to our coun­try and our flag.

If you have a prob­lem with this coun­try, you have a voice and a right to speak about it and change it. Those who died gave you that right. Don’t dis­re­spect them. Talk about your com­plaint, and make changes peace­fully like the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kathryn Glynn, Sun City Cen­ter to en­sure a speedy fix. Or a re­sort owner might hire a laun­dry ser­vice to wash all of its nap­kins, table­cloths, tow­els, and sheets.

Pre­vi­ously, busi­nesses were only joint em­ploy­ers if they ex­er­cised “di­rect” or “im­me­di­ate” con­trol over an­other com­pany’s em­ploy­ees. But with the NLRB’s new stan­dard, even “po­ten­tial” or “in­di­rect” con­trol of an em­ployee could en­tan­gle an owner in a la­bor-re­lated com­plaint. Now, these mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ships could put a busi­ness owner at risk of a hefty law­suit.

Luck­ily, Democrats and Repub­li­cans in Congress have banded to­gether to pro­vide clar­ity to our small busi­nesses by in­tro­duc­ing the Save Lo­cal Busi­ness Act (HR 3441). Rep. Char­lie Crist, D-St. Pe­ters­burg, has al­ways been a friend to the travel and tourism com­mu­nity. Hope­fully, he will add his name to this com­mon­sense leg­is­la­tion and help our com­mu­nity con­tinue to thrive.

Keith Over­ton, St. Pete Beach

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