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Flagging respect

To the Editor:

Now that Sheriff Cutting has opened the topic of respect for the American flag (Valley News May 4), I feel compelled to further the conversation with my own humble observations.

In America, each of us has the privilege to express our patriotic fervor in the proud display of our flag. However, it is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. We may proudly fly our flag all day, but when evening descends, unless she is properly illuminated, Old Glory must be lowered and folded; and she must not be allowed to languish sadly in the rain or snow; and when she has served her time and become tattered and faded, she should be given proper and respectful burial or burning. These are some of the rules of the ritual of display of the American flag I learned years ago in Boy Scouts.

As for those who choose to display the flag whipping in the wind from their speeding car or truck, I suggest when she separates from her standard that the patriot behind the wheel take time to stop and rescue her from the abuse and grime of the open road.

To those citizens who find these responsibilities too daunting or cumbersome I suggest you channel your patriotism into something more abstract, such as the freedom to speak your mind, a privilege we have in America; a privilege also fraught with responsibilities.

Robert Segall, Upper Jay

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