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Carol Perkins: Drop the mic and move on

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By Carol Perkins

Betsy Ross flag tennis shoes and Nike have been in the news for days. The company pulled the shoes because the football player who will not stand for the flag "urged" them in that direction. How has that guy managed to gain so much power? He can stretch out under the goalpost during the playing of the National Anthem and I wouldn't care, would you?

This whole knee thing has gotten far too much coverage. Now the media is bashing Nike. In this case, Nike might have decided the shoes were ugly, which they were, and no one would want to wear them, which they wouldn't because they were expensive and remember I've already said they were ugly. One negative voice can be heard over silent ones, but the silent ones find other ways to respond.

I met a young man last week who moved to our county for several reasons, but one was because he needed to get out of the city where a person's opinion can be met, and often is, with violence or intimidation.

We may not have those problems in this area, but we have our own.

It is not safe in some places to be a Trump supporter or wear a MEGA hat. It is not safe in some places to be conservative about controversial issues. It is not safe in some places to promote the Green New Deal.

If some people don't like the messenger, they rough him up or shoot him. No longer can civilized people sit around with a cup of coffee and talk politics without passionate reactions on both sides, and some friends become enemies. Politics, more than ever before, is an "off limits" topic. I enjoy lively debates, but that is almost impossible now except when it comes to the flag. Few in my circle wants anyone to dishonor the flag.

My circle in this world doesn't care about Nike or people like the football player, but we do care about allowing each other to have opinions without fear or intimidation, and that is why we try to be tolerant of the "knee benders." However, we want our young people not to fall for propaganda and not mistake it for truth.

The truth is that neither the football player nor Nike would be able to protest our flag if not for those who died for it. The trouble with both is that the media gives them far too much air space. Drop the mic on both of them and move on!

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