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Stars and Stripes should be kept in good condition



Published: Tue, February 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Stars and Stripes should be kept in good condition

EDITOR:

In the last few weeks driving around the area, I have noticed so many people and businesses have let our American flag get in a deplorable condition.

Three weeks ago I called a well known social club and told them their flag was torn, faded and knotted around the flagpole. They said they would look into it. After about a week or 10 days, nothing had been done, so I got a flag and changed it myself.

This past Sunday I saw a flag lying on Route 46 near Lowe's, which probably had fallen off a car. I couldn't stop at that time but an hour later I was coming back the same way and the flag was still there, so I stopped and picked it up. At least 500 cars had gone by, but no one had paid attention.

If you see a flag on a home, business or car in disrespectful condition, try to contact the person or persons responsible and tell them. I have written notes and put them on cars about the condition of their flags. These car flags really take a beating.

After 9-11-01 everyone really got on a patriotic kick and got real gung-ho. Don't let this feeling die. I think that whenever some of the people that are trying to put our country down see our flag in a deplorable condition, it's a notch in their gunbelt.

The protocol regarding displaying the flag is very definite about its condition. Protocol also dictates how the flag should be disposed of. If you are not sure how this should be done you can contact the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Legion or VFW. Please, let's be aware of our symbol and honor it in a proper way.

ERIC C. OFFERDAHL

Howland

Legislature shows little respect for Ohio's citizens

EDITOR:

So the proposed redistricting boun daries have been published, and what a coincidence. The boundaries of the proposed 6th District are a close match for the original Gerrymander that Gov. Eldridge Gerry of Massachusetts drew around Boston in 1811. It appears that the Traficant saga has occupied so much of your attention that it has escaped your notice.

Of course, despite denials, the gerrymander has been a fact of political life all along. An excellent example is the current 13th District. Because of its shape, I call it the dumbbell district, and that name is most certainly a reflection on those who drew it 10 years ago.

When I was in high school 55 years ago, I was taught to believe our representatives had our and Ohio's best interests on their minds. Today, I know much better. If they truly represented all the citizens of Ohio and the best interests of all of the state, such folderol as that redistricting plan would never have been presented.

I have come to the point of finding most of our representatives in Columbus of both major parties, and their core supporters, to be rather contemptible.

JEROME K. STEPHENS

Warren

Lyden was right about Youngstown City Council

EDITOR:

I'm in complete support of Mr. Lyden and the comments he made in tendering his resignation from the arena board.

In my opinion, city council and the arena board couldn't agree on building a tree house, let alone a $26 million facility. Many city and county residents believe downtown will never see an arena. I challenge the board and city council to prove the skeptics wrong, before the government takes the $26 million back.

GREG HOHLOCH

Youngstown




Comments

1scrote69(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Havent any of you noticed that even our own military no longer respects proper flag ettiquete? If you look on the right arm of any soldier, the flag is displayed backwords and at a downward angle. First of all, i was in the marine corps from 90-94. We were taught that the national colers may NEVER be worn on the right arm because that is the arm that you salute with, and the national colers salute nobody. Secondly, it is backwards, and angled down. George W. made this decision. Now anybody that knows anything about flag ettiquete knows that this either represents a sign of distress, or even more disturbing, any display of the american flag other than its proper display, represents treason!
Yet when i ask people about this, every last one says that they have honestly never noticed. How can you not notice? Its on the news every single day! Open your eyes! Yet you call yourself patriots.
I am a proud Marine, but that is not the flag i defended. And i dont defend that display of our colers today.TREASON!

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