Glenda Fudge, Wichita Falls
If George Zimmerman, who has a white mother and a Hispanic father, is being called a white Hispanic, why isn’t Obama, who has a white mother and a black father, being called a white African-American? Hmm!
Annette Parker, Gradfield Okla.
The Pledge of Allegiance has become a mantra of rote recitation. Its meaning meaningless.
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, a controversial Baptist minister.
It was given publicity through the official program of the National Public Schools Celebration of Columbus Day and was published in “The Youth’s Companion,” Sept. 8, 1892.
The original words were: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” “My Flag” was replaced by, “the flag of the United States” in 1923 because foreigners might have interpreted it as a reference to the flag of their homeland. In 1924, “of America” was added after “United States.”
Official recognition was given by Congress on June 22, 1942, when the “Pledge” was formally included in the U.S. Flag Code.
The last language change came on Flag Day, 1954, when Congress added the words “under God” after “one nation.” “One nation under God is where the incorrect recitation occurs.
Note there is NOT a comma separating one nation under God, but how often do you hear it recited that way or printed incorrectly? That was not the intention of Bellamy, or others responsible for the wording of the pledge. They did NOT want anything separating our nation from God, not even a comma.
According to the official document, United States Code, the pledge should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
Note, there is NO comma between one nation under God. No president has changed the wording and the grammatical structure of the pledge in the past 55 years, and neither should we.
Let’s get back to saying the pledge as it was intended, with pride and understanding; beginning in schools, sporting events and any other occasion where the pledge is recited.
Tom Wisdom, Wichita Falls
I attended the Backdoor Theater’s performance of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” recently. I left amazed by the flawless performance and brilliant talent of all involved. This is a theater that deserves your support. I have never seen a troupe work so hard to birth an evening of awesome entertainment.