I've got to get out of this place

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Please don't lecture me about freedom of speech [OPRF students take a knee at Friday night game, News, Oct. 4].

When my father was shoveling coal into a boiler on a ship bringing war material to the Allies in WWII, with heat at 120 degrees, he was not permitted to sit down to protest.

When my Uncle Brook was pinned down in a foxhole for days on end and then when he slowly lost his sanity, he did not sit down to protest.

When my Uncle Kak was fighting on the front lines in Europe, no nice teacher came along and said, "If you prefer to sit down to protest, please do so."

For this you use my hard-earned tax dollars?

I have to get out of this crazy town.

Colette Verdun

Oak Park

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 24th, 2017 8:30 AM

@ Bill Dwyer: It has nothing to do with your late wife. It has everything to do with what you did, what you placed in motion, what you acted on that is admired. Action, instead of words.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 3:13 PM

Thanks for the advice, Brian. I've no idea what my late wife has to do with this issue, but I DO know that protesting perceived injustices IS taking action.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 2:20 PM

@ Bill Dwyer: For the most part very few if any will go on to play pro football. Thats why I mentioned college. Talk-free speech- is nice and easy.. Action and sacrifice will overcome a problem, especially with young people who thrive on adversity and dedication. I know a guy who went to Central America to pen a novel about his wife who passed away. Strong man, both of words and actions. Someone who will lead by example, not just talk. Talk is nice, the challenge, sacrifice insures an outcome and a retrospective look back. Lead, follow or get out of the way.

Jeff Evans from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 1:35 PM

Don't worry, it didn't require a single extra dollar of your taxes for these students to exercise their constitutionally protected rights.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 10:52 AM

So because your relatives fought for freedom the children of Oak Park shouldn't have the right to exercise those freedoms? Bye Colette. I hope you find a nice new Trump supporting community to live in soon.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 8:35 AM

Or, Brian, they should continue playing professional football and exercise their 1st Amendment rights to protest peacefully and criticize the government's conduct.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 2:22 AM

If the kneelers are true to unjustice and police misconduct causes, after graduation from college they should be taking Chicago police exams to work in the worst neighborhoods to stop both.

Greg Lewis  

Posted: October 17th, 2017 3:24 PM

These people were not in a foxhole...or a ship at war...or on the front lines of war. They were participating in a football game at a high school. a football GAME at a HIGH SCHOOL. Get the difference?

James Parran  

Posted: October 12th, 2017 8:08 AM

Yeah, I know the feeling. When my mother wasn't allowed to eat at certain restaurants because she was the wrong color- she didn't sit down and protest either.

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