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Now is not the time to disgrace the American flag

It is never acceptable to disgrace the American flag, but given our country’s current situation it is even more deplorable.

Thursday, September 20, 2001

It is never acceptable to disgrace the American flag, but given our country’s current situation it is even more deplorable.

Reports of flags being stolen from personal property have been surfacing around the county. What could be going on in these people’s minds?

The most likely motive is greed. With the demand for American flags at its highest point in years, thieves can profit by stealing them and re-selling them at flea markets or elsewhere. Looking to make a profit at a time like this is a pathetic and flat out desecrating act.

Some of the culprits may be pranksters. As our people are flying these flags to display both pride and sorrow, removing these symbols of patriotism is by no means humorous. In fact, it is an insult to the perpetrators – it shows their lack of morals and apathy toward our country and what it stands for.

Anyone caught stealing a flag is likely to be subject to a minor penalty. But, hopefully, their consciences will consume them with guilt for the heinous crime they committed – a penalty that would last longer than any a law enforcement agency or court system could ever impose.