State Journal readers share their opinions on hot topics.
President's criticisms incite more protests at NFL games
NFL players should lose sponsorships -- Brian Brown
President Donald Trump is getting heat these days about his recent negative comments about NFL players who take a knee during the performance of our national anthem.
As an American, I too am dismayed by that, and by the obvious partisan-slanted responses. Being American does not require that we be either good little Republicans or Democrats. If that's all we are, then we are truly doomed to fail.
What President Trump is saying goes beyond partisanship. It is an American thing to say, and an American attitude to adopt. NFL role models who use the high profile at their job to spit on the essence of what our flag represents should lose sponsorship from each and every company that allows their lucrative salaries to exist.
Spitting on our American values in public gives ammunition to every enemy at home and abroad. These overpaid children need to do this on their own dime and on their own time.
Brian Brown, Hill Point
Forced patriotism doesn't work -- Derek Popp
I find it somewhat surprising that the president wants to try forced patriotism by having NFL players fired for not knowing their proper place during the national anthem.
Forced patriotism doesn't work. All one has to do is look at the jails in Russia and China to know that.
What the president should be worried about is that he leads a government that kills too many unarmed people. He has eliminated the program of the Justice Department that investigated police complaints, and people can be held without a trial for a long time (up to 10 years in Alabama) which is against the U.S. Constitution. President Donald Trump also has pardoned a sheriff who defied a court order.
It seems the president is taking a harder line against people trying to bring awareness to the issues of racial intolerance than the people who want more racial intolerance.
Derek Popp, Mount Horeb
Save anthem for more important events -- Virginia Foulk
Though the NFL players protesting during the national anthem believe what they will, it is anti-American disrespect. Enough.
But why are we even using our national anthem and our flag for teams that are business first and have no real care about America and its flag. We should save the national anthem and our flag for programs and events (such as supporting our military) that mean more than a football game.
Perhaps if NFL players feel so strongly about social justice, they can come up with a better way to help solve the problems. They could donate their time to work with those in need, help build better relationships with others, and use their strength to help rebuild places such as Texas and Florida. Solving those problems will take more than money.
So before each game, have the teams stand up and explain the next project they are working on to make our country great again. For those who believe in the flag and our anthem, they can show their respect outside of the field.
Virginia Foulk, Mazomanie
Trump doesn't deserve respect -- Ron Kaufman
Sunday's letter to the editor "Hands should respect the president" criticized State Journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands for portraying the president as a clown and not showing respect for Donald Trump.
You can have respect for the office and not for the person in the office. President Trump does not deserve any respect. Hands drew him as a clown because he is a clown. He is a fool, a child and a disgrace. If Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton had won and had acted the same as Trump, I'm sure Hands would draw them as clowns also.
If you voted for President Trump, you should be ashamed of yourself. If you still support him, I have to ask why? Look at the man you are supporting: A liar, a hypocrite and a man who brags about molesting women. And considering the way the Russia investigation is going, he is possibly a traitor. Trump is also a racist.
Trump proves every day that he should not be president.
Ron Kaufman, Marshall
US shouldn't ditch deal with Iran -- Deb Martin
President Donald Trump talks dangerously about defaulting on the Iran deal.
This is scary.
It took careful negotiations to get this deal. To speak lightly of ending the deal hints of war. Why would we want to do this? U.N. inspectors say Iran is complying.
Call the White House comment line and U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, to tell them we need to keep this deal.
Deb Martin, Oshkosh
Prison cheaper than jobs under Walker -- Michael Moffatt
Wisconsin spent nearly $30,000 per medium-security prisoner in 2014. The $3 billion gift to Taiwanese company Foxconn for 13,000 jobs works out to $230,769 per job.
So under Gov. Scott Walker's bizarre leadership, prison is cost-effective compared to job creation.
Michael Moffatt, Madison