You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.

Readers react to protests, abuse case


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

When will anthem protests end?

Where is the absurdity going to end? “The Star Spangled Banner” as a national symbol represents a country of opportunity — the kind of opportunity that has moved us by huge strides from slavery to equality, from farmlands to the moon, and from ignorance to understanding. The protesters don’t care about progress and have no appreciation of our history. And while free speech is a precious right, deliberate misunderstanding of our history and unreasonable demands for utopia cannot go unrebuked.

Beyond that, however, is the absurdity of the action in the light of history. Are we celebrating all that’s bad rather than the progress made by countless sacrifices? Should we urge the French to diss “La Marseillaise” because it rose from so many beheadings? Are British imperfections celebrated in “God Save the Queen” (or King) or “Britannia Rules the Waves”? Is no national anthem suitable for Germany in light of the Nazi past? WILLIAM H. WILD, OAKWOOD

Sheriff should answer for abuse case

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has been sitting in elected office a very long time — backing his officers, right or wrong, in many cases. Has he forgotten we private citizens are the ones who put him there? Now because of reckless behavior of refusing to do what’s right, we the citizens, will have to foot the enormous bill from the torture of Amber Swink strapped in seven restraints and unable to move while being pepper sprayed in the face by his officer, and her reward was to be promoted to captain by Sheriff Plummer.

However, now that the actual torture has been videotaped he has proved to be ineffective, leaving us to pay the bill for the rightful lawsuit. He needs to resign, period. BRAD PHILLIPS, CENTERVILLE

Don’t buy a pet — adopt one

Every week in the newspaper, there are adorable pets for adoption from the local Humane Society. Then a few pages later in the Classified section, there’s an average of 60 plus puppies for sale, from $350 to $3,000 each. Seriously people, where is your common sense? You can get a wonderful pet for $170, shots and all, at the Humane Society.

These “special” breeds with fancy made up names are no better than these homeless pets. In my day, these fancy named dogs were called “mutts” when they got mixed and not worth anything.

Our local government should charge these puppy-mill breeders an extra tax for allowing ore dogs to be made than needed.

Please save a life; support your local shelter and spay and neuter your pets. DONITA ELDER, SPRINGFIELD

SPEAK UP

Why do local news outlets continue to publicize the national anthem protests? This is not newsworthy and is an insult to our country.

It’s a shame that the once-respectable GOP has taken on a new identity: Grab Others’ Privates.

Please vote against the Greene Memorial Hospital Levy (Issue 22). What the shiny flier doesn’t say is that the former county hospital was bought a few years ago by Kettering Health Network, and it seems inappropriate to use tax money to support a private hospital. It’s at least misleading; I suppose they get away with it because it’s a renewal of a levy when it was a county hospital. But these renewals should stop.

Republican supporters seem to forget that eight years ago they were in control of everything and how bad things were with two unfinished wars, financial collapse and a recession.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

FRESH IDEAS: The jolt of love and wanting

From The Hedgehog Review: “To love is to be jolted out of the self by the strangeness of another person, and the beloved entrances precisely because of his unutterable difference — the most basic and insuperable absence. He is absent even when he is present because he is other, situated outside of myself: ‘But isn’t desire always...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: Is there a driver shortage?

More mail on the recent news that the state is considering legislation to boost the number of commercial truckers. This came in from reader Michael Huff, who says, in part: ”With regard to the so-called trucker shortage, a lot of owner/operators and small carriers would disagree. I own a small (less than 10 trucks) carrier and our thought is...
GUEST COLUMN: Cleaning out the closet of life

Sorting through a childhood closet is not for the sentimental-hearted. It can leave you at a standstill surrounded by tokens of memories chronicling the life of a family. Where do you even begin to let go? Our two sons shared a room always. Over the last 28 years, their common closet has accrued grade-school book reports, sports trophies, chess sets...
COMMENTARY: Can Democrats save Trump from himself?

After President Donald Trump’s first legislative battle, a deplorably stingy attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, went down without a vote in the House, I wondered: What happened to all of the “winning”? “We are gonna win, win, win,” Trump had promised at a National Rifle Association...
COMMENTARY: Paul Ryan a convenient scapegoat for Trump’s failure

Paul Ryan did it. That’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill last week. President Trump should walk across a Havana ballroom like Michael Corleone in “The Godfather...
More Stories