To the editor:

As I drive around in the Midwest and beyond, I have noticed so many times the United States flag is at half mast. I keep up with the news, but many times I don’t know why the flag is at half staff.

I know there are codes and guidelines for federal or state leaders to order the lowering of the flag, but as the conditions for lowering the flag expand to cover more situations, it loses meaning.

It appears to me that our communities are almost in a constant state of mourning.

I would ask the president’s office and the governor’s office to use discretion when ordering the flags to be flown at half mast, so that when the flag is at half mast it means something and will give us pause to think about what happened.

Gene Hodel

Oak Grove


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