Army ought to leave Knights alone

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018|2 a.m.

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I read all the news concerning the Las Vegas NHL team and the Army’s problem about its usage of the Golden Knights name, including the Sun’s Jan. 23 article on the subject.

In the beginning, I believed it was humorous if not ludicrous until I recognized what the ramifications are. The Vegas Golden Knights are a private organization, funded by private residents. Even their house ice rink is a privately funded job, unlike the Raiders arena.

The Vegas Golden Knights offer entertainment. The Army, if I’m not mistaken, exists to secure the United States versus foreign and/or domestic opponents.

I don’t think the Golden Knights fit either classification. Nevertheless, the Army is spending loan and resources to file a grievance about a hockey group’s name and logo design. It may even go to court to validate its grievance.

Guess who spends for this pie-in-the-sky legal maneuver? If it’s the Golden Knights, it’s the personal owners. If it’s the Army, it’s you and me, the taxpayers. If the Defense Department wants a budget increase, inform it to stop using taxpayer cash for this kind of activity and focus on offering the personnel and equipment to safeguard us.

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