Two weeks ago in a Letter to the Editor, I expressed my concerns about the flag flying in front of the building belonging to the Jasper Lions Club. I stated that I was certain that faded, tattered flag would be lowered after my letter was published. It was. I took it down myself. None of the Lions Club members showed up to do the honors, so I lowered the flag with the help of my son and gave it to a member of the local Marine Corps who had it disposed of in a proper manner.
You know what they say about the word “assume.” Well, I had assumed that the pulley at the top of the pole was jammed, as they often do, and that was why the Lions were not able to take their flag down. But I gave them too much credit. The pulley operated just fine, and the rope holding the flag was not tangled or knotted. There was no reason on God’s green earth why it had to stay at the top of that pole for a whole year in all kinds of weather and without a light shining on it at night. Surely there was at least one member of the Lions Club who had knowledge of the laws regarding proper handling of the flag of the United States of America.What they did was totally illegal, but those Federal laws are, unfortunately, not enforced. Not by the authorities anyway. We citizens who love our country and our flag have to take up the slack. Shame on you, Jasper Lions Club!
Someone did cut down the overgrowth around the front and side of the building, and it is less “snaky” around there now. That person needs a thank you. If the Lions would sell that property to the gentleman offering to buy it and improve it, they wouldn’t have to worry about the upkeep on it. At the same time, we displaced participants in the arts community would have another place to hang our work and get together.
Two weeks ago in a Letter to the Editor, I expressed several opinions about that building on D. B. Carroll Street in downtown Jasper. Since then, some positive things have happened. The worn out flag came down, the weeds got cut and the villain who stole Sharptop Arts Association found out that Karma can, indeed, be a real b***h.
God Bless America!
I am wounded, Al Rothe. We have had spirited discussions in the past, but I never thought you would stoop to calling me a liberal [last week's letters to the editor]. That's hitting below the belt.
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