If we cannot agree to disagree, if we cannot engage in peaceful discussion about our issues, our differences, we become one of the nations that have total government rule. We become like the same countries that we go to war for in order to give their people an opportunity for democracy when suppressed by a tyrant regime.

When that happens to us, who will come and help us restore our freedom? We honor all military personnel who fought for the right to not be suppressed by the government. It's how America began. And what was started has grown and changed over the years, and we continue to grow as a people.

Taking a knee does not disrespect the veterans. It ensures people have the freedom to speak out against injustices of any kind, including the right to criticize our government.

Ernest Bodrazic, Valparaiso