The recent flap about football players taking a knee is to bring the news about black people being killed by the police in every corner of our country. It wasn’t about showing disrespect toward our country or flag. It wasn’t about hatred of our flag or country. It was to bring out what was happening to black men and children.Our president avoided service during the Vietnam conflict and hid while others died. How dare he act patriotic, as his actions show him to be a coward. I believe those who are saying it is unpatriotic for blacks and Caucasians to take a knee are bigots. I applaud the team owners for sticking by their players and showing respect.For too long, the American people have closed their eyes to what is happening. There’s evidence on videotape, and most don’t believe what is in front of their eyes. I watch football every Sunday. I served as many others have, and we will continue to serve. The fact is we have good cops and bad cops. I thank God for the good ones and I pray for those who have been denied life because of the bad ones.Thanks to Colin Kaepernick, America has been awakened to the senseless killings, as well as the plight of black men and children. This is something my four sons never had to worry about. I thank God for this and I will pray for those who woke America up.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionA recent letter writer stated that he had been a football fan since 1948. My friends and I played football and had our favorite players and teams. As we grew into manhood, we watched every game we could, and football taught us how to be good sports.
Iran is battling one of the worstoutbreaks outside China, with nearly 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 600fatalities. The real number of infections could be even higher, as questionshave been raised about the government’s transparency. Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. AP TEHRAN – The official leading Iran’sresponse to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East on Sundayacknowledged that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in thecountry, which is under severe U.S. sanctions. “If the trend continues, there will notbe enough capacity,” Ali Reza Zali, who is leading the campaign against theoutbreak, was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency. (AP)