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FILE - Whitney Houston performs during the 21st American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1994. Houston, who died in 2012, is nominated for a 2020 Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic song for “Higher Love,” her platinum collaboration with Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo. She originally released a cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” as a Japan-only bonus track on her 1990 album “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” but Kygo’s dance remix of the song became an international hit after it was released last year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) ORG XMIT: NYET425

I am 87 years old and have lived a long and full life in this land called “America the Beautiful.”

Even with its many ups and downs, rights and wrongs, moments of national pride and shame, it is still way ahead of whoever is in second place.

My most memorable, inspiring and chilling moment of patriotism was hearing and seeing Whitney Houston sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.

To help counter the anti-America sentiment on college campuses today, which bothers me greatly, this sentimental old fool would like to suggest that all colleges be compelled to play her rendition of the national anthem before every commencement exercise. Is this too much to ask or is it too late?



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