Town flies flag daily (as does every municipality in Mass)
On August 27, almost exactly a year ago, the Amherst Select Board refused to allow the commemorative flags to fly in the downtown on 9/11. Since the issue was officially on the agenda that night a simply majority vote could have made it happen.
Two of the Select Board members (Jim Wald and Alisa Brewer) have previously voted in the affirmative and Chair Stephanie O'Keeffe as a Town Meeting member voted to support the annual flying of the flags on 9/11.
Last year the SB did meet again on 9/10 (oddly enough they are not meeting on Monday September 9 this year) and I again appeared before them -- this time during 6:30 PM "Public Comment" -- to make a last desperate plea to fly the flags.
But knowing they would not I also made a request the board put this issue to rest once and for all.
With a simply majority vote the Select Board can place an advisory question on the annual town election ballot. I promised that night to abide by the direct decision of the voters. I even returned to a Select Board meeting in March to remind them of the request. They refused.
So here we are ... again.