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Reader Opinion: Honor our flag

On the back wall of my house, facing the road is a wooden replica of our American Flag. It was made for me by a dear neighbor, who by the way is a veteran and (Friday was) Veterans Day, so thank you Tim for your service and for the flag. But let'...

On the back wall of my house, facing the road is a wooden replica of our American Flag. It was made for me by a dear neighbor, who by the way is a veteran and (Friday was) Veterans Day, so thank you Tim for your service and for the flag. But let's talk about this subject for a while.

Protesters, rallying against the election results, were shown on national television Sunday burning an American flag. I want you as protesters to know you're desecrating something most people believe represents something that is bigger than all of us. It is a symbol of all that is good in this country and a symbol good people have fought and died for. The very fact that you were out there being civilly disobedient and getting away with it shows what this country is about. There are countries where you would be shot on sight for your actions. Yet in this country we were tolerant enough to let you do that. The freedoms that our flag represents are the same freedoms you are abusing and pushing to the limits. I'm betting that you were no veteran or even a Boy Scout. Here's an idea. Next time you want to publicly burn our country's flag, do it at Camp Ripley and let me know when you are going to be there, because I want to watch. So does Tim.

Mike Holst

Crosslake

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