The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 21, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-21 | Flag-flying criticism raises questions

— My comments are directed to Lawrence Behe’s letter and regarding his comments about people such as me, saying that we are being disrespectful for flying our American flags at night – sometimes not luminated and also in inclement weather (Jan 13, “Flying unlighted flag in dark disrespectful”).

I have a few questions for Mr. Behe.

* If the sun is shining when I leave my home in the morning and a storm blows in, do I run home and take my flag down?

* If the power goes off for a day or two, do I take my flag down?

*  Does the Navy order flags removed during bad storms, or if the power goes out on its ships?

There are other examples as well.

People may call me disrespectful if they choose, but in honor of my husband – who was a 20-year Air Force veteran – for all those who have died defending that flag, and for all those now in harm’s way, I proudly fly my flag 24 hours a day.

Loretta Wilmoth


In school gun case, accept a plea bargain

(Regarding the Jan. 7 editorial, “Chiropractor’s decision put kids at risk,” about a handgun being carried into Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School apparently by mistake:) The answer is simple: A plea bargain. The dilemma over the gun in/on school property seems ridiculous to me.

We plea bargain everything else before the criminal justice system. Why not this?

A reputable citizen makes an innocent mistake. He understands his guilt and realizes he must pay a price. 

So why is it such a problem?

James E. Hedglin


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