The world is full of very minuscule disappointments. Some people are angry about musicians or homework. Some are disappointed in their children or themselves. However, I think everyone can agree that we are all disappointed in each other and the direction our country is going. I don't want to be that person who has something to say about politics daily. I hardly feel like talking to people for more than a few minutes, most days. That's the issue. The world is changing into a living, deadly inferno and we must sit here and watch while thinking that no one else is paying attention. The thing is, everyone is paying attention. We all just have our heads stuck so far up our own asses that we don’t know what’s happening to the right or left of us. That includes me. There are no exclusions.
When tragedy strikes, we immediately see an onslaught of social media posts containing the phrase, "thoughts and prayers." After the initial reaction and media coverage, the topic is dropped and we move forward. But that tragedy still exists; people are still affected by it.
There's been a lot of divisive talk about the NFL players kneeling in protest of the racial problems in this country. I've seen service members both applaud and denounce these players. What bothers me the most is the people who think that they should be fired, or the people who think that they should protest differently. The funny thing is, I’ve been here before. I’ve seen the ugly side of people who vehemently disagree with a peaceful, personal protest. I’ve seen it because it happened to me, a few months after September 11, 2001.
Since the beginning of the NFL 2017-2018 season, there has been an opinion divide among fans, critics and President Trump about some players protesting by taking a knee during our country’s national anthem. This silent protest was started last year by former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick because of the injustices happening to Black people and other people of color in America. Kaepernick said:
It seems that the #takeaknee movement has been very popular in social media these days, especially the exchange of words and tweets between Trump and some famous athletes.
In the military, the American flag is lowered each evening at sundown as they play Taps over the loudspeaker. This is in line with the US flag code which says that the sun should never set on the American flag unless it is brightly lit. When I was in the Navy, around sundown sailors scurry for cover, trying to get inside before Taps began playing and they would be stuck outside standing at attention and saluting until the flag was lowered completely. I used to do the opposite. I would wander outside.
You may not agree with the stance NFL players have taken, but you should back their right to speak their minds peacefully and constructively. As an avid football fan, educator, and Christian, I believe that NFL players should be celebrated for their stance. Jordin Sparks may have said it best, silently, when she sang the National Anthem last night. She had written Proverbs 31: 8-9 on her hand. These verses read, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” NFL players are using their platform to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, which should be admired and celebrated.
As of late, NFL players have sparked the controversial topic of refusing to pay homage to the flag on the United States during the National Anthem at their own games. It has instigated debate among many, as well as infuriated the one and only Donald Trump, president of the U.S.
My name is Martha, I am full Mexicana, and I have never been proud of my ethnicity.
So. As President Trump tries, yet again, to ram through legislation that will effectively kill Obamacare and leave thousands without appropriate and affordable health care, he's now turning his attention to one of the most critical issues facing the United States today.
Despite continuing criticism and skepticism from many members of the community, the Lethbridge safe injection site is expected to open in 2018. The decision was finalized after almost a year of discussion among executive community members and a six month needs assessment. A total of nine community information sessions were held which has garnered a lot of support. It is critical to note, however, that significant backlash is still being heard from prominent voices in southern Alberta. While they are unlikely to have a major impact at the present time, Vancouver’s history makes it clear that opposition can lead to time consuming and expensive court cases.