Rules for honoring the flag this week, always

Two hundred and forty-three years ago, representatives from the 13 states bravely united to unanimously declare independence from England with the signing of The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Written by Thomas Jefferson, the words dear to all Americans, are celebrated backyard barbecues, picnics in the park, parades and fireworks displays.

As spectators line the streets to watch the various floats and prancing horses go by, we clap and cheer, children scramble as candy is thrown and school bands get our toe tapping.

But as our veterans approach carrying the American flag and the Star Spangled Banner is played, there are certain rules to be observed.

Except those in uniform, we are to place our right hand across our heart on the left. Men are to remove their hat with their right hand and place their hat on their left shoulder with their hand pressed flat to their chest just below.

The same rules apply during the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in uniform salute from the first note to the last note of our national anthem and silently stand with the military salute facing the flag during the pledge.

These and other rules on displaying our flag can be found in a free brochure from the Disabled American Veterans called How to Honor and Display the American Flag.

Janet Lynn Rubert

Nezperce

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Cartoon was offensive

The political cartoon the Daily News published on July 1 was, quite simply, offensive. I am disappointed on so many levels that our local newspaper, which I expect to represent our inclusive community, chose to print it.

Where to begin with the problems?

First, the protest signs that are depicted in the cartoon are in no way representative of the signs displayed at Pride events, and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Pride events are about celebration, inclusion, and freedom of expression. They are not about persecuting any other group or pushing anyone into the closet.

More to the point, although it’s easy to understand how a certain subset of conservative heterosexual Christians might be uncomfortable to find their views outside the views of most Americans, the implication of persecution is insulting and baseless.

LGBTQ Americans have been imprisoned, dismissed from their jobs, excluded from housing, blocked from forming legal relationships with the people they love, abused and murdered, solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

To equate the historic wrongs perpetrated by our society with discomfort over a growing Pride movement is a gross distortion that should not stand, nor be printed in our community newspaper. An apology is due, and better decision making by the Daily News leadership is expected. Our community deserves better because we are better.

Steve Hines

Pullman

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