Treat flag with same respect you'd give your own mother

With Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July coming up, it was good of the Triplicate to publish an editorial cartoon (April 25) poking fun not at the flag, but at the people who mean to be patriotic but have simply never been taught proper respect for the flag.

The cartoon was not exaggerated. It is a sad truth that many of local people, wanting to show patriotism by use of the flag, abuse the flag almost as badly as the characters in the cartoon, because they don't know know any better. They just don't realize that the flag, as our most sacredsymbol of our proud nation, should not to be demotedby cutting it up into clothing, or made into some other utilitarian thing. In Crescent City, I have seen the flag, or pieces of it, used as clothing, as a table cloth,a horse blanket under a saddle and even as a doormat.

When I went to school, we were taught not only the 3 R's but also a few things about good aesthetics and manners and good taste, including flag courtesy. It is time tolearnand teach these things again - even though our freedom of speech forces us to tolerate abuse of the flag and does not allow us to punish it.

I hope the sarcastic cartoon will shock and wake some people up. Proper flag etiquette is easy to learn. The Flag Codeis readily available on Wikipedia or any search engine. It is alsoput out in abbreviatedform with picturesby several patriotic organizations for free.

The basic idea is simple:

?Think of the flagasa living person - a heroor honored guest - that you wish to respect.

?Keep it in the place of honor, above, in front or to the flag's own right,notyielding it to anyone or anything or allowing the flag to be placed on the floor or onanything else.

?Don't destroy or deface the flagwith words or drawings. Don't use it for something else.

You would not throw your mother's bodyon the ground, or write on herbody or cut herbody up to make something out ofher skin,so please don't do those things with our flag.

Now, let's all show some proper respect for Old Glory at our next parade!

Jack (John M.) Burlake

Crescent City

Explorers give new meaning to 'To protect and serve'

I just want to say andquot;Thank youandquot; to some good citizens who did some good deeds. Earlier this month, I forgot to lock the front door of my jewelry store. Fortunately, the Explorers - a group of young men and women interested in law enforcement - were making their security rounds in the company of their adviser, Crescent City Police Department Officer Erik Apperson and their assistant adviser, California Department of Corrections Officer Nate Trinn. Explorer Teale Horne discovered my mistake before the bad guys did, and the alarm company was alerted.

I was not available by phone, thus not able to meet my rescuers at the jewelry store to lock the door and secure the premises. They waited, in vain, for me to appear. By the time they realized I was not coming, it was late and time for the Explorers to return to their homes. Both of the advisors stayed toguard the premises and to solve the problem. They called a locksmith, who worked his magic to fashion a key, to lock the door, to secure the premises. The entire process from start to finish was more than two hours, perhaps closer to three. That is a lot of time to donate to the benefit of a total stranger.

These are volunteers. These are people who care about the community, who want to give something back, and who give new meaning to themaxim, andquot;To protect and serve.andquot; I want to thank you all for being a credit to law enforcement.

Eileen Peterson

Crescent City