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Letter to the Editor: A suggestion on how to solve the flag controversy

Posted: Tue, Jun 4, 2019 4:46 PM

(The following Letter to the Editor has been submitted by C. Dennis Ohlert  of Decorah):

"Tom Hansen's repeated statements at Monday's Council meeting could be perceived a couple of ways:  a bias against the Pride celebration OR those of a petulant five-year-old: 'But, Mom, the other kids all get to.  Why can't I?'  His request might not have had such a tinge of sacrilege attached to it if he had picked any other day than Flag Day.

May I suggest a solution to the flag problem?  Perhaps the City Council should discontinue all flag displays except for those of the National Flag and the State of Iowa.  This would include the Norwegian flag, school flags, United Way flags, Pride flags, MAGA flags, and so on.  If a group wishes to display their flags, let them get a parade permit and carry them."