Larry Leeds

Not standing up for the national anthem is just plainly a disgrace by those who could stand up for the greatest song in the country - and the greatest country.

There are a few professional athletes and college athletes who have decided not to stand up for the national anthem. Yes, I know it is their right to either stand or not. However, do they know that several people, including my dad and brother, fought for the freedoms they have?

If we didn't have these freedoms, these players could be out of work and not playing the games they love in the land of the free?

I just wish they wouldn't disrespect my dad and brother, who served the greatest country, because they don't feel like standing for the national anthem.

Maybe I will choose not to support them and see how they like that.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.