Letters to the Editor

Anthem should be sung with dignity

While driving home on Feb. 6 I listened to the Super Bowl on the radio.

The "performance" of our national anthem was absolutely atrocious. Not only was the song slaughtered by the singer's rendition of it, she couldn't even get the words right.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott Key and meant to be a tribute to our country. I am sure he expected it to be sung with respect and dignity as the national anthem of the United States.

The song was not written to be entertaining or for "artists" to desecrate it as a way to show each other up in the showmanship category.

This is another of the many traditions our society has just let go down the tubes. Just this morning a local news anchor stated the performance of the national anthem and not knowing the words was "no big deal." Seems most of our traditions have become "no big deal."

I believe "The Star-Spangled Banner" should be sung as it was written and with dignity and respect for our nation.

When "The Star-Spangled Banner" is to be sung at any event, the hosts should preview the artist and if he or she can't sing it correctly, get someone who will.

The so-called entertainers should write their own songs to desecrate in the name of showmanship.

The writer lives in Garden City Beach.