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Letters: Freedom provides the right to protest

A man supporting the

A man supporting the "Black Lives Matter" movement stands on the lawn of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington during a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 10, 2015. Credit: AP

As a black Vietnam veteran with 20 years of service, I agree that our service in the military was, in part, to protect NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s right to not stand for the national anthem.

The writer of “White people have also suffered in U.S.” [Letters, Sept. 20] said his Irish ancestors also were oppressed — past tense — and that in the Civil War, Union soldiers fought against slavery. This leads me to conclude that he knows very little about black history in this country.

Black people fought in every war, including the Civil War, and contributed greatly to the security of this country. Black people continue to be brutalized and killed at the hands of police all over this country.

Not standing for the anthem is Kaepernick’s form of peaceful protest to effect change. It’s not the letter writer’s place to challenge when Kaepernick chooses to protest.

James E. Morgan Sr., Centereach


I don’t agree with his actions, but I fully support Colin Kaepernick’s right to not stand during the national anthem. Our armed forces fight so he can have that freedom of expression. I believe his actions are disrespectful, but he has the right.

However, Kaepernick’s dissidence and posturing feel like politically incorrect grandstanding — a platform available to him only because of his athletic fame.

David RogersFort Salonga

The corrosive effect of higher county fees

I am a safe and careful driver who lives in Queens but frequently shops, visits cinemas and dines out in Nassau County [“New $105 ticket fee,” News, Sept. 20].

I will now no longer do so because I’m appalled at County Executive Edward Mangano’s proposal to balance his budget on already beleaguered drivers.

Trude Hassberg, Flushing


I cannot adequately express my outrage at the latest budget shenanigans by County Executive Edward Mangano. Raising fees is a way for Mangano to claim he hasn’t raised taxes.

His budgets consistently underestimate expenses, such as police overtime, and overestimate revenues — all so he can claim not to have raised taxes.

It’s troublesome that the Nassau Interim Finance Authority lets him get away with this.

Many fees are not deductible on federal income tax filings, while property taxes are.

Joe Squerciati, Hicksville


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