My son-in-law died for freedom
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