To say I found Todd Nuttman’s article offensive is an understatement.
Yes, as children we are taught to memorize narrative symbols of America, the pledge of allegiance, national anthem, to show respect for our flag to name a few.
What Mr. Nuttman fails to recognize is with maturity these memorized words become meaningful words, conveying the beliefs, efforts, and sacrifices our founding fathers and subsequent generations have made to preserve our democracy.
Perhaps Mr. Nuttman could listen to the late comedian Red Skelton’s analysis of the pledge to understand the differences between “blind obedience” and voluntary support of our national symbols.
As for those who choose (yes, it is their choice) not to cite the pledge that is their right. Sitting it out however is conveying contempt and total disregard for the values the pledge is based on and as such is totally unacceptable behavior.
As a proud American I will continue to honor and respect our traditions by reciting the pledge (standing up) while being an “informed voter and questioning my government. “ The two are not mutually exclusive Mr. Nuttman!
Terri N. Charlesworth