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Letter about flags was offensive | Letter

September 25, 2013 · Updated 12:18 PM

Others like me will undoubtedly be reacting to the letter written from an Iowa tourist who last week wrote about his unhappiness over our flag flying community.  He has no doubt fled by now, “dismayed by the abundance of rainbow flags on display throughout Eastsound.”

For someone who has been drawn to this beautiful island and taken the trouble to travel the distance with his family from his Iowa town to vacation here, he has no doubt  offended  many in this community who welcome diversity and equality for all.  That he insists we should instead only fly the American flag, which in his words “stands for liberty and justice for all people” is exactly the same message the rainbow flag reminds us we should be recognizing for those who have been restricted or left out. This man’s biased opinions and insinuations were chilling. We can only hope this antiquated way of thinking will gradually subside in a time when good strides are being made towards equality in marital partnerships.

Anne Pedersen

Orcas island


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