LETTERS: Blast from the past; Why words matter; On Iran’s behalf

Blast from the past

This evening getting home, I heard two helicopters (choppers) pounding past my house and thought I was back in Vietnam.

But back then I didn’t think my president was deranged.

John Garza, McAllen

Why words matter

Regarding Dorrance Hofland’s letter, mandatory fake patriotism is not required. Colin Kaepenick is doing more to honor the vets than the president. His taking a knee is exercising his freedom to peacefully protest, a First Amendment right.

The U.S. flag does not represent dead or living vets. It represents the U.S. The Star Spangled Banner is a song dedicated to the U.S., not dead or living vets. To really honor a vet? Don’t let a president start another unnecessary or unwinnable war.

No one in Trump’s family served in the U.S. military. The tradition of players standing for the national anthem is a recent tradition that may have coincided with a marketing ploy meant to sell cheap, manufactured nationalism. Nationalism, especially white nationalism, is a greater threat to the U.S. than ISIS.

A Trump supporter mailed bombs to Democrats.

Words matter.

Hank Shiver, Mission

On behalf of Iran

World War I ended 100 years ago. The winning west then took charge of the near Middle East. The United States’ policy toward Iran is part of that legacy.

Grow up, United States, and treat Iran as a member of the world community. A century of attempted and actual domination is long enough.

I feel for the Iranian millions.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, Brownsville

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