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Don’t wave flag because it’s a fad

It has been over one year since the towers fell and devastated the people of America. Since then, it seems as if there isn’t a car on the highway that doesn’t have a waving American flag sticker in the back window. Stores are filled with plush stuffed toys designed with our flag in mind, and the shirts, hats and posters are flying off the shelves like never before.

Are we as a people really all waving our national pride in front of our houses because were bursting with joy or because we don’t want to be the ones not to? I bet that all those companies mass-producing Japanese-made flag stickers could tell you that the onset of Sept. 11 has been the most lucrative event in their company’s history!

But what it is the value of a sticker that cost some big-shot company a few pennies to someone with true American pride? It’s time we ask ourselves, Is that sticker I bought for my window there because of my abounding love for my country, or because I spotted it next to register and thought of that Fox News montage last week?

If you can honestly say that you have always been a patriotic soul who waved the flag in all its glory just because you could, you are a truly a hero. If not, don’t do it to join the crowd. Don’t do it to be in the “now.” Do it because you love your country.

Lisa Landi

Penn Valley

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