Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light…no young man, you are not really seeing America. I am American, as are my parents and many of my neighbors. Your parents were also born here in this great country, this country where every immigrant who has made it to these shores were persecuted for arriving here in large groves because they were different.

Yes, every race and color that has gone without luxuries and has scraped by to better his or her selves and their future generations, can live free in this great nation we call the United States.

All of the men and women who have risked their lives to protect all of us in every branch of services, from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy; firefighters, police officers and your child’s crossing guards on the street corner. How can you knowingly disrespect them?

I feel so bad for all the poor families who live in war-torn nations that my nephew, friends, and Americans willingly risk their lives to go overseas in hopes of helping and protecting them. Then there is a football player who is overpaid, not risking his life to protect all of us, but yeah, maybe risking his health for the applause of many.

How about you move to Syria and we will trade your life for any child that only knows starvation, fear and being orphaned because they were born there. Bye, bye, for you are the weakest link.

Sabrina Goodson

Davenport