May 31, 2013 |
I am a Methodist minister and a Washington Nationals fan. I was there on Opening Day in 2005 at old RFK Stadium, and I try my best to plan my summer around Nats home games. I have only one issue with the ballpark experience, and it's not with the beer prices. It's with "God Bless America. " In his May 15 Metro column ["E-cigarettes blow fog into Metro's smoking ban"], John Kelly described the odd feeling of not knowing whether to stand during the singing of this song in the middle of the seventh inning.
March 26, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — One young contender created the world's largest sequin mosaic using 325,000 of the sparkly disks. Two other youths achieved 123 consecutive badminton passes in one minute. And 1,450 participants broke the record for the most people arm-wrestling. Such are the skills that Guinness World Records are made of in Pakistan, where thousands of young people are groomed to establish their unique feats for posterity. This month, the contestants came together in the eastern city of...
February 6, 2013
My wife and I have season tickets to the Washington Nationals and have been struck by the "patriotic" displays at the games. Not only do the games open with "The Star-Spangled Banner," but there is usually a "God Bless America" performance, plus a special recognition of military members. We do not stand for "God Bless America," and no one has ever made a comment to us about it, but we note that almost everyone else stands. Could it be that many Nats fans know they and their children will never serve, so they feel especially...
February 6, 2013
The answer to the question " Do fans have to cheer for America, too? " [Outlook, Feb. 3] is no. They are free to not cheer and to turn their back on the national anthem, if they wish, and they are free to write commentaries such as Tricia Jenkins's. But many Americans understand that those simple freedoms came at a great price, and they enjoy the opportunity to express their appreciation to those who paid it. Ms. Jenkins should count her blessings. Steven Frake , Lorton ● My wife and I have season tickets to the Washington...
February 5, 2013
Yet more protestations against Beyonce's performance at the inauguration? Letter writers William McLain IV and Michael Bellis [" The honesty of a live performance ," Feb. 2] called it trickery, dishonest and even unpatriotic to lip-sync the national anthem at President Obama's second inauguration. As for me, upon seeing the beautiful Beyonce standing before the microphones on Inauguration Day, I fully expected to hear her electronically amplified voice singing the national anthem.
February 3, 2013
David Marchand's Jan. 31 letter got my dander up, as do all complaints about our beautiful national anthem. I don't care that Beyonce lip-synced her performance at the inauguration. I generally don't like young singers' bastardized versions of the anthem, but Beyonce's version was beautifully done and a great tribute to our country and our president. I am 86 years old and have an untrained voice with a limited range. But I like to sing, and my favorite song is "The Star Spangled Banner.