Patrick T Ott: Wants River Valley to fly American flag at its store

Published: 1/17/2022 10:05:12 AM
Modified: 1/17/2022 10:04:07 AM

River Valley Co- op is a nice addition to the city of Easthampton. My wife out of curiosity stopped in one day, not to shop, but to inquire about the flags out front? There is the Pride flag and Black Lives Matter flag; she asked why there wasn’t an American flag? This was Oct. 10 of last year.

Since then she’s been in there with the same inquiry another three times.. The employees she asked were cordial and said they’d ask management. She also said she’d buy the American flag for them. The last time she went the employee said it would have to be brought to the River Valley board and he asked my wife if she was going to different businesses with the same question?

I feel if you’re going put flags out in front of your business than you might encounter some kind of feedback, especially when the American flag is absent among other flags, in which either support a group of some sort or an organization. To my knowledge and most civil-minded individuals, the American flag represents all Americans of race, creed, color and sexual orientation.

If the board would rather not fly the American flag out front, that’s their choice. But don’t politicize the establishment with flags that the American flag already represents. If you really find the American flag that offensive, I dare the River Valley Co-op board to put a Chinese Communist Party flag out front.

Patrick T. Ott

Easthampton


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