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Sound Off for Nov. 10: Protesting the national anthem isn’t breaking any laws

Many of the Buffalo Bills players kneel on the sidelines for the national anthem against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many of the Buffalo Bills players kneel on the sidelines for the national anthem against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. TNS

Because . . .

The reason the state flag is still flying in Ocean Springs is because it’s “the Mississippi state flag” and Ocean Springs is a city in Mississippi. If it’s changed, then the new one will be flown.

Great read

The column on “Here’s what’s happening on the Coast “is one of the best reads. It’s nice to know how confident business is here on the Gulf Coast reinvesting in progress and making us a go-to destination.

Not all

Physicians are often afraid to prescribe these medications to patients who truly need them because they are afraid of losing their license. Lock up the abusers, but don’t make people in chronic pain suffer because of the addicts.

Unenforceable

If the law against aggressive panhandling is ever actually enforced in Biloxi, the jail cells will be full. I’d like to know how on earth this law could possibly be enforced. Once we report a panhandler on our cell phones, he or she will have moved on, and this will create more work for the police while they try to hunt them down.

Please

Solution to the panhandling problem? A permit and fee to panhandle, of course. Maybe a new department of panhandling regulation and enforcement. An MGCCC program for panhandlers and another for panhandling management. USM could offer a BS in the two professions. Where do politicians come from?

Sad

No, there is no law “forcing” one to pay respect to our country, flag and national anthem. But a great many of us passionately believe we are so blessed to live in a country full of opportunity — and freedom. Freedom that was bought and paid for by those who sacrificed at great peril — and at times, their lives. Obviously, “wearing thin” just doesn’t understand. And that, my fellow Americans, is very, very sad…

Settled law

Amen, to Move on’s Sound Off. But there is a law that was stated by the Supreme Court in 1943 that no individual could be made to stand or participate in any United States ritual and yes that included the national anthem. No laws being broken, and they are protesting peacefully unlike some other groups. I agree it’s time to move on and concentrate on the bigger issues we have that we have been steered away from.

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