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Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Our country’s divisiveness threatens this great experiment

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Our country’s divisiveness threatens this great experiment

When we are young, our convictions evolve from mountains where everything is clear and deemed certain. However, the older I get, the less likely I am of being permanently convinced of anything. Thus, when asked how I view the current brouhaha over assorted players in the National Football League taking a knee during our national anthem, I’m typically ambivalent.

Last week I attended a reunion of Vietnam War veterans. We would take a bullet before we’d take a knee. But, as Oscar Wilde said, “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

I’ve been reluctant to add to the debate since the Constitution affords the privilege to protest peacefully. The 1st Amendment is...

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