Professional athletes who refuse to stand for the flag are right to claim that serious grievances still exist, however, offending their fans will not help resolve real grievances as they now exist. Aside from writing editorials, they might prefer public demonstrations, peaceful demonstrations in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. If they demonstrated at a meeting of the Chicago Public School Board, they would be confronting one of the real grievances that imprison many young Americans in the poverty of their existence. No third-grade pupil should be "advanced" to the fourth grade until he can read, thereby having the tool to master other subjects. Fmr. governor JEB Bush reformed education in Florida with good results by using such an education policy. If we fail to help that third grader, then forget college scholarships. A great building cannot stand on a shabby foundation. Do the athletes intend to do something with merit? Do they wish to take actions attracting the best impulses of Americans along all lines? Which is it?

Leonidas Miller, Mattoon

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