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Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

The American flag is a symbol of strength, pride and freedom. It represents the greatest country on Earth. The flag is proudly displayed across this nation and abroad, on ships, aircraft, uniforms and at schools, factories, and ball fields — even on the moon. It drapes the coffins of our fallen brave. It is the focus of the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.

So how is the flag treated in Springdale? I recently took a photo of the flag displayed between Veterans Field and Lampus ball field. The flag is in two pieces and the stripes are shredded — at Veterans Field.

I mentioned the flag's condition to a borough employee months ago who told me they “have too many other things to do right now.” The grass beneath the flag is nicely maintained. I guess the grass is more important.

While it's a disgrace to display an American flag in this condition, it perfectly symbolizes the condition of Springdale. This flag is torn, tattered and divided by the blowing of the harsh winter wind. Similarly, Springdale residents have been torn, tattered and divided by the hot blowing wind of a misguided, immature and confused council.

Council members and employees pass this distressed flag daily, but don't have enough pride in our flag or town to replace it. The police officers who ignore the flag have in the past ignored the basic freedoms it represents. Considering the department's civil rights abuses — plus one former officer sitting in federal prison — the irony of a tattered flag flying over this town is striking.

Our council should replace the flag and contact the Boy Scouts for a proper and respectful disposal. After all, the only difference between Springdale Council and the Boy Scouts is the Boy Scouts have adult leadership.

The more things change in Springdale, the more they remain the same.

Robert Cross


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