The flag deserves a place in the classroom

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 12:56 a.m.
In response to John Moore's Jan. 15 Speaking Out about flags in the classroom: What is in the water at the University of Florida, or in academia in general, for that matter?
Must you denigrate the United States before you can be accepted into the faculty, or is it just fashionable? It is not Moore's classroom. It belongs to the people of this state, and the mandate to place a flag in our classroom was made by our dutifully elected representatives. Moore should be a good employee and do as he is directed. That he saw service in Vietnam was honorable but does not add credibility to his words. Someone else tried that in November, remember?
Would he have us remove the flag from our federal and municipal buildings? How about we require that chaplains cite the mistakes of this nation prior to handing a folded flag to the survivor of a fallen warrior?
Hang the flag prominently in our classrooms and it just might promote a meaningful discussion. Moore could then tell of our shameful acts, but maybe someone might mention Normandy, Iwo Jima, Valley Forge, Fort McHenry or even our response to the tsunami victims.
I would further point out that the flag, which was flying during 80 years of slavery, is the same flag that flew to free the slaves. I find Moore's inclusion of the the flag among icons of donkeys and elephants to be an infantile argument. Continue the search, professor, but make it for the truth and the whole truth.
Rush Hagy, Alachua

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