NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to President Trump’s off-color comment about the players’ protest during the national anthem, said, “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all our players.”

Respect for the NFL and its players? Really? For spoiled, overpaid, pampered little boys who don’t live in the real world?

What happened to respect for what matters and for who matters? The U.S. military — about 1.3 million active duty men and women — that’s who. Of those, 15 percent are deployed overseas — that’s 195,000 of our best citizens. These people demonstrate daily dedication to their fellow man. What do the NFL players give back? How does their contribution demand respect?

Of our 18.8 million veterans, how many are unemployed or in low-paying jobs? How many are unable to care for their families due to physical or mental disability caused from their service? How many go about their lives, doing what they are supposed to do without recognition, because it is right? Where is the respect for them?

The demand for the end of police racial bias and brutality is important. Yet disrespect for our country, its most important symbol, and those who give and have given their lives is not a way to bring about change.

The demonstration of respect is simple: removing one’s hat, covering one’s heart with their hand, saying the pledge of allegiance or joining in the singing of the national anthem. This brings us together as a nation, as a people.The players of the NFL must stop the disrespect. Then, and only then, will they get some of mine.

Claire Kilbane Johnston

Stow

Too much Trump

Why is the media feeding President Trump’s ego by showing everything he does and says? He gets way too much airtime.

Please stop. Put him on a time delay when he is on TV. That way you can bleep inappropriate things.

I would hope after a while he would get the message. Trump wants people to boycott football. I want the media to boycott Trump.

Jim Caetta

Akron

Counting heads at City Council

In 1960, Akron had a population of about 297,000. Today, it is under 200,000, a loss of almost a third.

The number of Akron public high schools reflects this trend, going from 10 to six. However, the number of City Council members remains unchanged. I wonder why. It seems to me that with only one political party represented there shouldn’t be any conflicts. Right? So having excess members seems redundant and adds cost to the city.

It could be accomplished fairly easily by redrawing the ward boundaries to match the school district lines. That would reduce City Council from 13 to nine members. I know this idea has zero chance of happening but one can dream.

Michelle Morris

Akron

Kneeling to a higher power

Kneeling most often suggests submission to a higher power. Could it be that our professional athletes are collectively petitioning God to correct the inequities of a country that has separated our Creator from its flag and its government? Are these athletes displaying a prayerful solidarity in hopes of a divine and peaceful equality for all? Perhaps we should join them until justice prevails.

Les Johnson

Akron