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LETTERS: Readers fired up over Don Cherry firing

Don Cherry's rant on Hockey Night in Canada about people who don't wear poppies has led to renewed calls for him to be removed from his position.  Postmedia News
Don Cherry's rant on Hockey Night in Canada about people who don't wear poppies has led to renewed calls for him to be removed from his position. Postmedia News - Contributed

There goes free speech

So hockey commentator Don Cherry gets fired for speaking his mind. Whoever fired him should be the one who's fired. Gone is the freedom of speech. Look out, media — freedom of the press is next!

Bob Lane, Salmon River

Good riddance 

Finally, someone’s had the fortitude to give Don Cherry the boot! That dinosaur should have kept in mind that he was hired for hockey commentary, not social commentary. His big mouth and antiquated opinions have offended too many people for far too long. Bye, Don — don’t forget to shut the door on your way out!

Doug Barton, Halifax

Cherry overrated

Don Cherry is a minor Canadian celebrity whose chief claim to fame is his outlandish sense of style. Along with that, he has a big mouth that does nothing but yell and annoy the horses. If he had served in the military, we could forgive him his outbursts. Why does he get so much coverage? He isn't funny, smart, interesting, or a good example for young men.

Shame on him for shouting out "you people" — he doesn't know anything at all about who serves. He is wasting valuable air time. He is one of those people who makes you want to go and have a nice, long shower.

Betty Morgan, Port Williams

Veterans sidelined by CBC

On Remembrance Day, I turned on the TV to watch the CBC national news. I expected to see a thoughtful summary of how Canadians had remembered and paid tribute to our veterans. Instead, the opening item, the CBC choice for the top news story of the day, was a six-minute exposé on the firing of Don Cherry.

Shame, CBC, shame!

Z. Domaratzki, Truro

Beyond the pale

All are welcome to their opinions regarding Remembrance Day, but the disrespect shown by Don Cherry was appalling! End of issue. No excuse, no rationalization.

Karen Jones, Dartmouth

No hint of racism

I’m disgusted and appalled that The Chronicle Herald would blindly follow the critics of Don Cherry. I’m no fan of Cherry, but I have
listened carefully at least three times to his poppy comments. There is no racism or anything like it in them.

“You people” addresses people of every background who come to Canada for the good life we enjoy but have no respect for the sacrifices which preserved our freedom.

My father was one of those who gave years of his life to the war against Hitler. I was fortunate, in that he came home and I could begin to get to
know him when I was almost five.

I am bitterly offended by those who vilify someone for daring to say that people coming to our country should value those sacrifices. (He also implied that those of us born and raised here should). In my opinion, the attacks on Don Cherry over this are hate speech.

Don Codling, Lower Sackville

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