America is gripped by the fear of real and imaginary lawsuits. It drives authorities and bureaucrats to make surreal decisions that defy common sense, and this story is a perfect example.
Did you know that the Stars and Stripes are a lethal weapon? According to one fire commissioner, they could be and that’s why they have to be taken down. Maybe if you see one while you’re driving down the road, you’ll salute and lose control of your car…?
The Poughkeepsie Journal has been covering a local story that has symbolic national implications:
American flags were removed from three Arlington Fire District trucks Tuesday, sparking heated discussion on social media and disappointment from union members. (…)
Arlington Fire Commissioner Chairman Jim Beretta said the board majority feel the flags are a “liability during normal operations for our people and other motorists” (…)
“We are a month away from the 15th anniversary of 9/11,” Beale, a 24-year veteran of the department, said. “9/11 was the largest loss of firefighters’ lives in any single incident. Flying the flag on the back of a fire apparatus has become a tradition. It started with the New York City fire departments and was meant to support our country as a whole. To see anyone voluntarily ask or direct to have a flag removed from a back of a fire apparatus goes against that tradition.”
Advancements in building materials and codes have left firemen with fewer actual fires to fight these days. This inane “controversy” has all the hallmarks of over-promoted “managers” with way too much time on their hands.
Credit: Poughkeepsie Journal