Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Friday, June 8, 2007

Flag Day brings an opportunity to celebrate freedom

Dear editor:

On June 14, Old Glory will officially celebrate its 230th anniversary as our flag. It would be a fitting tribute for Congress to pass, on that day, an amendment that would outlaw the burning of the US flag in protests, riots, and other types of demonstrations.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag burning was legal, one of the major mistakes of the Rehnquist Court. Our flag is the one true symbol which unites us as Americans. We may speak another language, be of a different race or religion, or have a different ethnic background, but the Stars and Stripes stands for the U.S.A. and all the things it represents.

Even if you do not like President Bush, Congress, the war, or have a strong opinion, liberal or conservative, on an issue that makes you dislike government, we must show respect for our flag.

There are some things which are just wrong. Flag burning is one of those.

Anyone who willingly burns a U.S. flag should be charged with a misdemeanor crime and ordered to pay a fine or serve time in jail. If you took your shirt off and burned it during a protest, you probably would be charged with a number of things. However, it is ok to burn the major symbol of our country.

Write your Congressman or Senator today and let them know we need a constitutional amendment to outlaw the burning of the American flag. Sincerely

David Shipp


Thanks for your help

Dear editor:

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary wishes to thank: Amanda, Ashley, Martin, Ryan, Seth, Shelbie, and William, members of the Nevada Air Force Junior ROTC, for their help with our Poppy Drive on Memorial Day

-- American Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Tradition of honoring veterans continues

Dear editor:

Thank you, thank you! I'd like to thank all the great people who continue to decorate veterans graves in local cemeteries. You are a great bunch of people. I thought Deep Wood, and Newton looked especially well turned out. The confederate flags at Deep Wood looked great on the confederate graves. I sometimes have mixed feelings about decorating veterans graves. I love it that they are being recognized for their service, but I hate it that their are still so many being killed and wounded in wars. Thanks again

-- Judy Knowles Flag Lady