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Unhappy with flags | Letter

September 18, 2013 · Updated 12:31 PM

My family and I were fortunate enough to spend our annual family vacation on Orcas Island during the week leading up to Labor Day. I was confused and a bit dismayed by the abundance of rainbow flags on display throughout Eastsound.

I’ve no idea what prompted this overwhelming display of “pride,” but as visitors and parents of two young children, my wife and I found it disheartening.

An annual trip to Orcas has become a family tradition, and we don’t come to the island expecting to be bombarded by any political or social ideology.

I humbly suggest to Eastsound shop owners that it would be far more welcoming to locals and visitors of all persuasions to display the American flag. The American flag stands for liberty and justice for all people, and those are principles we can all take pride in.

Peter Bratney

Des Moines, Iowa


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