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Around the Burnside 12/20/12
Written by Denny Easterling   
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:56 PM

To defy old age, just believe that you’re as good as you used to be.

What’s the use of having an  enemy if you  can have a friend?

Well what do you know? The sun can shine. With November being the driest month, I started to think December was going to be the wettest. I started to feel kind of yucky, then I thought, what if this rain had been snow? Probably would have been a foot or more.

I’ve mentioned this many times before, so you can skip this part as it’s exactly how I feel. Question, why is it so difficult for some folks to place their hand over their heart when listening to or singing our National Anthem? Look over any crowd and very few will have their hand over their heart. Most who do are the older ones.

I was taught when you hear the Anthem, you should stop, place your right hand over your heart. If you are wearing a hat or cap, you should hold it up to your shoulder and your hand is over your heart. Come  right down to it and this doesn’t seem too much to honor our country and I like to think our men and women in our Armed Services.

Many sporting events play or have sung our National Anthem. At basketball games, the players line up at attention. This is great! How do they honor our country? By placing both hands on their butt. For me just letting their arms hang down would be better or hold hands if it takes too much energy to place their hand over their heart. Someone doesn’t want to, fine but they shouldn’t make me not do it. I also dislike the singers who screech and yell when singing the National Anthem. It’s how I feel.