letter to the editor

FHS grads, farragutpress taken to task about Anthem

Thank you for your June 25 front page coverage of Farragut High School’s graduation and the attempted, albeit inappropriate, display of respect for our American Flag and what it means. It would have been even better if it was not marred by several displays of disrespect for our Flag.

Specifically, three sections of our American Flag code were violated: 4US Code 8 sections (b), The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise; (d), The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery; and (j), No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform … .

What happened to the public schools of the past in which respect for our country and its elements of recognition were taught and practiced? Ignorance of proper flag etiquette is not a valid excuse for the disrespect displayed on farragutpress’ front page.

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Johns responds to second Hicks Letter about justice

To Mr. (Harold) Hicks, I read your letter defending your wife (July 2 issue). Thank you for your military service as well including your long family history in serving our Nation as you described.

I stand 100 percent by the opinion I wrote. With that being said, thank you for your contribution and I wish you, your wife and family peace on your future endeavors.

To the readership, please do not respond to Mr. Hicks’s type of (response) in my defense. Mr. Hicks missed an opportunity to provide further clarification (or a reset) to his wife’s letter (June 11 issue) by being all inclusive and condemning all violence in all of our communities.

Although I find Mr. Hicks’s suggestion that I am not emphatic towards the victims of mass shootings to be outrageous as you do, he said it best that he does not know me and that is perfectly fine, but I do have some unique perspectives. Mr. Hicks does not know that my family/friends have first-hand experiences with mass shootings/terrorism:

The 12-year anniversary is coming up for the July 27 racist/terrorist attack on the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church in which Greg McKendry (SME-107 member) sacrificed his life to save others; and also murdered was Linda Kraeger (whom I did not know) who was a member of the Farragut UUC.

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