Pledge should hold meaning for person repeating it

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I might agree that the “Pledge of Allegiance is said far too often,” as a headline above a column on Page C8 in Sunday’s Manhattan Mercury stated, but only because it makes it become a hollow expression. When it was written, nor by whom, has no bearing on the issue. It that were true, consider marriage vows, passages in the Bible, the Lord’s Prayer, etc.

A pledge is recited by someone as a vow or promise. It applies to the person saying the pledge. The fact that you hear me recite the pledge does not make it apply to you. A pledge is a personal undertaking. So the comments of Mr. John M. Crisp should not be taken as the final or only word.

Some complain that it “hurts their ears” to hear the Pledge of Allegiance. To that I would say, you know what hurts my ears? All the complaining and carping about something that could be taken care of by good old-fashioned hard work and attention to detail. Social inclu-siveness has taken the place of common sense. Society does not owe anyone a living.

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