Monday, August 3, 2009
Clearwater Says Goodbye To Old Glory
Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne before
the flags were removed
OK, we all know that local and state governments are hurting because of declining tax bases due to the economic downturn. And we expect that there will be some cuts along the way. But deciding to stop flying the American flag? Well, that's downright unpatriotic.
Yet that's the decision that was made by the Parks and Recreation Department boss in Clearwater, Florida. The city, he decided, can't afford to maintain 13 flagpoles and their American flags. So he ordered them dismantled.
I can't imagine it's that costly to fly the American flag over Clearwater. I also can't imagine that some service organizations wouldn't jump at the chance to each maintain at least one flagpole. The Boy Scouts, the American Legion and the VFW come immediately to mind.
This decision was shortsighted and stupid. Especially at a time when members of our armed services are called to action in fields of combat. It's wrong, and, yes, unpatriotic, to be taking down Old Glory over Clearwater!