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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - August 15, 2008

Letters: American flags torn down

Dear Editor,

"We are the terrorists" is crayoned across my American flag, torn down July 29 from 10 feet high on my medical office in downtown Pleasanton, and left rolled in the screen wall by the sidewalk.

The Wednesday night before, the American flag there was torn badly but left hanging, with a note "For Death" in the same black crayon on my sign, "Thank You, President Bush" beside "America Safer: al Qaeda Trapped in Iraq Not Here."

Apparently, two adolescents have been assimilated by radical opposition to an administration reelected after acting when a bribed UN only blustered. Facts are 1) USA military deaths are almost the same, each of the past 20 years; 2) Murders in Iraq are few--compared with 100 per day by Saddam; 3) Expected sarin, anthrax, A bomb and other al Qaeda attacks here have been prevented.

Patriotic parents should so inform their rambunctious boys. How otherwise preserve freedom of speech, respect for reelected government and freedom from sharia law?

Howard Long Pleasanton

Comments

Posted by paula, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 15, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Has this been reported to the police? If this has twice and the message is so hateful and vicious it sounds like this is more than some kids with a gripe about our goverment.
This perps need to be caught right away. They have no right to attack and destroy our American flag no matter how angry they are!




Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Whew...somebody in Birdland is coo coo...chirp chirp!!!


Posted by Reality, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Aug 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Cholo, I do not know what you mean by calling Paula coo coo. I will assume you are inferring that she is some how crazy due to her remarks.

Now, it is outstanding that you have a opinion on this matter counter to what Paula has. However, I want you to keep in mind what the flag symbolizes (especially in this day an age, a time of war).

It is a symbol that millions of servicemen and women have fought and bled for even to this day. Does someone have the right to trash, burn, tear, rip apart the flag? Yes. Does that mean you should do it? No. It is called patriotism and nationalism. You do not have to agree with the government nor do you have to like the people in power. But you have to agree with what the flag stands for if you are an American regardless of your political or ethnic origins. If you don't, then I suggest you find a new country to call home.

So that is one side of the argument.

Here is the other: destruction of another person's property is illegal...soooo, Paula is right.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Sorry, I meant to say that Henny Penny is coo-coo!

Paula reminds me of Ms. H. Penny.


Posted by snap, a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 30, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Only bird brain here is cholo


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 2, 2008 at 5:52 pm

No bird brains allowed on this blog. Now, eat crow! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...wave a flag and go home....


Posted by American Citizen, a resident of California Somerset
on Sep 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm

IT was Cholo. He got jealous that no one north of LA posts the Mexican flag. Cholo, GO BACK TO MEXICO!!


Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 1, 2008 at 10:52 am

If the defacement of the flag was done during the night, then proper flag handling was not followed, which suggests that the flag be lowered at sunset.

Title 4 Chapter 1 of the U.S. Code is all about the flag: Web Link


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 1, 2008 at 12:05 pm

The Stars and Stripes may be flown 24/7 if properly illuminated...