Show respect for our anthem

Show respect for our anthem

In reference to Mr. Granton- ic’s recent letter and our national anthem, it upsets me too when the performers do not know the words. Also, when they make an attempt to improve the tune, I am certain even Francis Scott Key would cringe.

My husband and I have visited Fort McHenry. We enjoyed the tour and learning about the fort’s significance in our nation’s early history. We were also interested in learning what the inspiration was for the poem that one future day would become our national anthem.

According to historical accounts, the year was 1814 and Ft. McHenry had been under siege and heavily bombarded for hours. When morning came, through the fog and mist, the writer saw the flag was “still there.” That sight so moved him that he wrote those heartfelt words. The original poem has four verses. The first verse is the one we recognize as the Star-Spangled Banner.

Perhaps the performers should have a brief history lesson before singing. If they could “feel” the meaning of the words, understand the depth of emotion that Francis Scott Key felt, their rendition would have less attention drawn to them and more emphasis placed on the true meaning of our flag.

The performers should also know it wasn’t until 1931, following years of discussion, opposition and more discussion, that Congress finally declared the Star-Spangled Banner to be, henceforth, our national anthem.

Martha A. Firm, Campbell

Youngstown needs jobs and pride

As a lifelong East Side resi- dent. I say most of the reason for the mad exodus of people leaving what is left of Youngstown is jobs. They’re hard to find unless you belong to that organization known as family and friends in City Hall or the city schools where they can create imaginary positions for their relatives and friends.

One writer responded that the schools are one reason, and I’m inclined to agree. I taught nearly 11 years in these schools and yet, I’ve only had 1 assignment all year — for 1 measly day.

Yet every day I go pick my child up from a school that looks like a battle post in Kuwait, and I see these rude, disrespectful thugs coming out, pants hanging lower than prices at WalMart, lighting up their various Black & Milds — on school property, mind you. Now is this behavior acceptable? No, but its being tolerated because the schools need these thugs front and center so they can get that money from the state.

These kids have no doggone pride anymore, It’s like they’re going through the motions — no aim in life unless they’re in training to be the new gangsters here.

I hope that Dr. Hathorn can make some inroads here, but until he busts up that family and friends employment agency down at 20 West Wood, then infuses some staff that actually care about these kids and stops coddling these juvenile delinquents, the mad exodus continues.

Abdul Harris, Youngstown