Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Columns

December 10, 2012

Guns, pledge, pot, more

— — A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page this week:

On a poll question asking if you will get a flu shot this year:

• Already got mine — Mary C.

• No — Angela S.

• I can catch the flu just fine without resorting to corporate medicine — Jeff S.

On whether Bob Costas overstepped his bounds with gun comments during halftime of a football game:

• Yes — Julie M.

• Yes, without a doubt. Costas is a sportscaster, who took his national platform to push a progressive agenda and his personal views. It was inappropriate and he should be fired for it, but he won’t, as he works for NBC, which is all about pushing the progressive agenda, at whatever cost — Jerri H.

• If Bob Costas spoke out in favor of the Second Amendment, and was then trashed for that, how many of us would be standing up for his First Amendment Right? — Jamie L.

• He can say what he wants, but I do not have to agree with him. Halftime during a nationally televised football game is not the venue for comments concerning gun control or any other politically divisive issue. Most people watch sports as a form of entertainment, not to be blindsided with a particular sportscaster’s political views — Mark B.

• Of course not. In context, it was just a comment stating the obvious. He wasn’t attacking anyone’s Constitutional rights. Calm down already — Kevin C.

On a debate at a high school over whether students should have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance:

• My children better always stand! — Larry S.

• That’s ridiculous! If the students were raised right they will want to stand! — Angie G.

• The headline is misleading. The policy change actually states that individuals “may stand or sit quietly” during “the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem or anything else during morning observances.” I think this is reasonable; especially since the school, as explained in the article, does additional songs/materials that they were requiring children to stand for throughout the entirety. This simply provides an option and will prevent a lot of useless bickering — Nicole H.

• What an absolute shame. I’m embarrassed right now. Truly embarrassed. My soldier’s child saluted the veterans in our local Christmas parade this year. Why? He’s 5 and understands respect. Lack of parenting and too much entitlement and self “expression” are at fault here. Shame, shame, shame — Stephanie G.

• What does the Pledge of Allegiance have to do with the Constitution? Also, like it or not, one of the rights our soldiers died for was the right of people to not do the pledge. Disrespectful or not, it’s part of our freedom as Americans — Eric C.

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