Hats are Patriotic, Too

by Lily Lei | 11/9/04 6:00am

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Daniel Kozikowski's letter to the editor ("Maybe Their Hats Should Have Some Blue and White, Too," The Dartmouth, November 8) in which he expressed his "dismay" at the fact that this term's Alpha Chi pledges failed to remove their hats during the national anthem. I wanted to tell him to get over it, because the greatest thing about this "great country" is the fact that we are free to hold and express our beliefs without fear of persecution. And who is he to judge or to impose his views on others? In addition, I don't think the Alpha Chis were intentionally trying to be disrespectful but that's beside the point. I don't consider removing my hat during the national anthem or even saying the pledge of allegiance to be a measure of how much pride I have for this country. I think my actions as a concerned and caring citizen speak much louder than my hat etiquette.