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Letter: You don’t have to stand


Wednesday, February 07, 2018
You don’t have to stand

Regarding school districts and individual teachers that punish and even assault students who do not stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or national anthem, a reading of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette is in order. That decision, way back in 1943, established that no American can be required to participate in a patriotic or religious ritual. We might all take heed of that if we had a president who reminded the citizenry of their right to refuse instead of inciting retaliation.

ROBERT S. PINGREE

Concord