Taking a stand for the pledge, U.S.

I recently received a 2009 photo of a group of state lawmakers in action — and inaction — in Albany. The picture is sad indeed. It shows some of those elected not standing up for our Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Mind you, these are elected officials who are supposed to represent this country and its people.

There were some in attendance who stood up but others did not due to a protest or because their feelings were hurt. It is bad enough to see this with sports but it is now common in our schools.

Where is the model coming from? These lawmakers of the past.

This is worse than sad. It shows disrespect for our country and for what it stands for.

I hope our veterans see this photo. Any elected official of any governing body who refuses to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the chambers should be escorted out until they comply. If their allegiance is not with this country and our flag, just who are they with?

They sure are not true Americans.

My question is, why didn’t someone who was standing up say something to those idiots and put them in their place? These were unAmerican individuals. To have these Americans — in our past– making laws in Albany is scary. And it should be for the rest of us.

What has happened to our country that our heroes have died for?

Richard Makuch is a Dunkirk resident.