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Pope’s special treatment

Why was the United States flag at half staff for the death of an Italian citizen? He, the Pope, was not an elected or an appointed United States official; let alone a citizen of the United States. Why is this country, as a whole, honoring him in such a way? The only standing in the United States he had was to be the highest ranking off shore representative of one of the many religions practiced here. When Billy Graham dies, will we lower the flag for him as well? Did we lower it for Martin Luther King, Jr. – I don’t know the answer to either.

Locally there are many disagreements between the flag poles as to whether the flag should be at full or half staff. I don’t know if there are disagreements among the flag flyers or if not all have gotten the word. A recent drive around the local GV/NC area found it to be about 50/50.

The only unreasonable recent lowering of the flag I can think of was after President Reagan’s death. A month for anyone is too long; a few days after his burial would have been just fine.



Rich Krause

Grass Valley





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