- - Thursday, July 11, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There has been a long-standing tradition of outstanding athletic teams receiving invitations to the White House. For some time now we have seen numerous big-mouthed individuals refuse their invitations. They have every right not to go, but they don’t have a right to turn their feelings into a foul controversy (“Megan Rapinoe: Team will reject White House invite; we don’t want message ‘co-opted or corrupted,’” Web, July 10).

The appropriate response is to politely find a reason to simply be a no-show and keep the reason to yourself. The current generation of me-first delinquents doesn’t understand this. It’s unfortunate that a true minority of undignified people feel it necessary to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the majority.

I encourage President Trump to close the door to such invitations and lay the blame squarely on the challenged few who wish to turn celebration into controversy. They don’t deserve recognition.

STEPHEN MOUNGELIS

Mt. Airy, Md.



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