In deference to the feelings of those folks who decided many months ago to festoon random stretches of utility poles with American flags, presumably in support of the occupation of Iraq, I held my tongue. To me they served to diminish the powerful symbolism of our nation’s flag by indiscriminate overuse. They also violate the rules of flag etiquette – ask any Boy Scout.
Now those flags have turned to rags, tattered and torn. While their present condition is a fitting symbol of the state of the country, it too is not something I need constant reminding of.
It is time for them to come down. In respect for the country and its symbol they should be removed and disposed of properly.
Let the resident who wishes fly his own flag. That means something.