February 1, 2013

Regarding Chris Richards’ Jan. 24 Style article “Give us reality — and also give us perfection”:

On July 17, I had the honor of performing the National Anthem at Nationals Park. I had a severe head cold and ear and throat infection with a 102 temperature. Beyonce has no excuse for her lip sync. If you are not able to sing, cancel.

It is disrespectful to the country and public for a performer not to give his or her best at all times. I would have traveled overnight to represent the United States at the president’s inauguration. This was not about fame, money and popularity. It is about honesty and love of country.

Michael Bellis, Holladay, Tenn.