First, I am compelled to say that if not for Colin Kaepernick, this Niskayuna football team would not be “taking the knee.” It’s simply trendy to do so.
This country has the greatest opportunities in the world for all people. But people make decisions, and those decisions have consequences.
We are a large supporter of the City Mission in Schenectady. Recently, I was fortunate enough to listen to Mike Saccocio, executive director of the City Mission, talk about a homeless woman who came to the mission who needed and wanted help. Fast forward.
She later went to Syracuse University and has opened her own shelter.
This is just one of thousands of examples of people asking and receiving help.
There are so many religious and non- religious-affiliated organizations that are there to help, but you have to seek them out.
Why don’t we celebrate and be thankful for the success of those who have turned their lives around by people that didn’t take the knee?
Having addressed the reason for the “taking of the knee,” the flag represents all the men and women who died so that the Niskayuna football players could “take the knee.”
To disrespect the flag by their actions is to disrespect all those who are still fighting and those millions of people who died fighting and defending the flag.