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Jun. 14, 2013 @ 12:36 AM

Celebrate our 'Old Glory' on Flag Day

I wrote the following article in 1986 while serving in the Air Force. It is appropriate on Flag Day, June 14.

"Old Glory." Fort Sumter. Iwo Jima. The United States Flag is history: A history of blood, sweat, tears and turmoil. The struggles of our forefathers who forged this great nation out of a vast wilderness. Of the battles our predecessors fought and died in to keep our nation great.

It is also a symbol. A symbol of a mighty people. It represents the sacrifices all of us must make at specific times in our lives. Our flag is the bond that unites us as a nation. It is a sign to the rest of the world of our commitment toward a democratic way of life. It is also a symbol of freedom, protection and open arms to all oppressed peoples of the world.

Besides the flag being a symbol in itself, each individual part is symbolic. The stars are a symbol of the heavens and the Almighty. The stripes represent the rays of the sun. The color red is symbolic of our defiance of evil and tyranny. The color white signifies purity. And the field of blue represents the covenant of the United States -- vigilance and justice. Ladies and gentlemen, she is our Flag.

Mark A. Floyd


Stop smoking at outside games

Softball season is here, and I could not wait to get to the game. I had found a nice seat, got comfortable, and then the cigarette smoke filled my lungs. When is this going to stop?!

Our children do not need to be confronted with this, and neither do I. I cannot breathe, and with more and more of today's kids having asthma and allergies, they cannot, either. I thought that all school grounds were supposed to be nonsmoking. Hite Saunders is where a lot of the games are played, and I see no reason why "No Smoking" signs cannot be displayed and enforced. At least if signs were displayed, then parents would be able to say something to the smokers about the nonsmoking policy on school grounds.

Smokers need to go out to their vehicles to smoke. They think that just because they stand behind the bleachers that it is OK, but as soon as the wind blows, there goes the smoke right into the stands.

Mr. Mayor, councilmen, delegates, please stop the smoking at sporting events. It's our kids and our future. Second-hand smoke kills!

M.S. Bell





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