Although trounced 10-1 in Amherst -- and some insiders were surprised it was not greater -- the town will display the 30 commemorative American flags tomorrow or early Friday morning in the downtown to honor the peaceful transition of power occurring in Washington, D.C. aka Inauguration Day, when Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States.
Some of you may remember back in 2004 after the contentious reelection of President Bush, Amherst Town Meeting member Pat Church confused the flag of Puerto Rico with that of Texas and snatched it from the pole immediately in front of Town Hall.
So I am a tad concerned about the security of the 30 commemorative flags -- especially after the flag burning incident at Hampshire College.
Our country is founded on the fundamental right to peacefully protest. And yes, even flag burning is protected by the First Amendment.
Just not these taxpayer funded public flags originally paid for out of the Veterans Department commemorations budget.
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