Nike ban de­stroyed our Big Dog sup­port

The Palm Beach Post - - OPINION: THE DEBATE STARTS HERE -

I was in­fu­ri­ated read­ing the Post’s ar­ti­cle about Big Dog Pres­i­dent Lau­ree Sim­mons’ ban on Nike sneak­ers for work­ers over an­them protests.

Of course, I as­sume when Sim­mons re­al­ized this view might cut into Big Dog Ranch’s do­na­tion cof­fers, we quickly re­ceived a Big Dog clar­i­fi­ca­tion that, oh, now Nike is OK and that it was a per­sonal of­fer to re­place work­ers’ Nike shoes with an­other brand. (“Big Dog Ranch Res­cue now says Nikes OK,” Fri­day)

I be­lieve the dam­age is done.

It is ab­surd to have even put it out there in the air.

The pres­i­dent of Big Dog Ranch has placed a po­lit­i­cal choice on its work­ers. What a raw deal for those poor work­ers.

The na­tional an­them is­sue is about so­cial in­jus­tice. This is Amer­ica. I am Amer­i­can. We have choices, thanks to all of our mil­i­tary and pa­tri­otic fa­thers and moth­ers who have fought tire­lessly for our Amer­i­can free­dom.

But don’t ever tell me what brand of shoe to wear to the work­place. How much lower are we go­ing to get?

My hus­band and I had a do­na­tion to Big Dog Ranch in our wills. No­tice the word choice: “had.”

ALYCE CARRELLI,

AT­LANTIS

KRISTINA WEBB / THE PALM BEACH POST 2017

A dog stands in front of a par­tially com­pleted med­i­cal clinic at Big Dog Ranch Res­cue in Lox­a­hatchee Groves.

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