I am so sick of all the controversy over Beyonce's possible lip-syncing ("No clear answers on Beyonce's anthem," Jan. 24). The issue, for her and all who perform the National Anthem, should be respect and honoring the country by performing the song the way it is written. This is not a show for the celebrity but an honor in being asked to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at a special event not dedicated to the singer.

I am disgusted by the wailing, warbling and mangling of the words, particularly "banner," until I'm blue in the face. My husband and I sit on the edges of our seats at every performance wondering "will they or won't they" — get it right, that is. The word "banner" is two syllables; the first syllable gets only one note, the second syllable gets two. You'll never hear a military band or choir get it wrong. I wonder if they even teach the Anthem in school today. I know that singers will take "artistic" liberties during their performances but please, not on the National Anthem.

Performers, if you want my support or respect, respect your country and sing the anthem correctly.

Barbara Russell

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