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Please pay attention to falg etiquette & the condition of your own flag

To The Daily Sun,

As I drive through the Lakes Region I am overwhelmed at the patriotism displayed by our residents. I am also made aware of the condition of some of the American flags that are displayed. Some are tattered and torn from the high winds. Others are very badly faded. If yours falls into this category I implore you to replace it with a new one, hopefully made in the U.S.A. It keeps people employed and no other country should be allowed to manufacture our flag just to save a few bucks. The old flag should be destroyed by burning, according to the U.S. flag code. The American Legion disposes of flags by burning on several occasions each year and will do so again on June 14th, which is Flag Day.

Incidentally, nowhere in the U.S. flag code is cutting up the flag for any purpose covered. When retired, it should be disposed of intact. Someone came up with the bright idea of cutting out the stars and presenting them to service members. Although they graciously accept the stars, many feel uncomfortable about "Old Glory" being cut up.

My last observation is the raising and lowering of the American Flag. The President of the United States and the governor of each state have the power through executive order to lower the flag on occasions other than holidays. He or she sets the dates and times that the flag will remain lowered. Mayors and other city/ town officials do not have the right or privilege to make this order. I noticed this year that city flags were at half mast since Friday for both the artificial Memorial Day and the real Memorial Day of May 30th for someone's convenience.

Please pay attention to flag etiquette and to the condition of your flag. Display it properly and replace it when it is worn out.

Earl Beale, Adjutant Post 1

The American Legion

Laconia

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Converting old churches to places of merriment not unique to Laconia

To The Daily Sun,
In reference to the Bishop Paul Blake's Saturday letter concerning taking the cross down at the Holy Grail:

You strongly state that drinking alcohol is a sin. Is it? Ecclesiastes 9:7: "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do."

Like most people in your position, you make your choice of how you believe people should live and act, then choose the specific areas of the Bible to justify your own feelings. However, because the Bible is a long book written over a long time by a bunch of mortal men who couldn't tell you the world was round, it has many contradictions. I'm no Theologian, but don't the serve wine in like 99 percent of all churches in the United States? I know it's the 'blood of Christ', but in reality... still wine. Didn't Jesus make wine from water? That was the Son of God, right? I mean if HE'S making it, it's got to be okay, right?
For any sane person reading this, converting failed churches into places of merriment is not something that is unique to Laconia. The Limelight in London, England was an immensely popular night club in the 1980's, built in a Welsh Presbyterian church. I myself tipped a pint or two there while in England for the 50th Anniversary of D-day and I have not been struck down by lightning yet (knock on wood). Another popular night club was built in the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in New York City. The big open space and acoustics are a natural fit for a pub or bar. There are many more all around the world...
In my opinion, whether the owners of the Holy Grail are Christians or not, they've created a pretty good atmosphere where you can get some good food, relax a little and spread some good will and cheer. In what kind of warped world does that have to be punished by fire and brimstone?

Thomas Lemay
Laconia

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